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Vol. LVIII, No. 1 I SS • nm>m O a s.k January 25, 1936 

The BRETHREN 



EVANGELIST 



FOREIGN MISSIONARY NUMBER 



FINALITIES 

By Mrs. Martha Snell Nicholson 

What of our dreams that died, — 
Where have they gone? 
Only the wraiths of them, drift 
In the dusk and the dawn. 

(Weep not o'er the gj^ave of a dream — 
Enough that it once has been.) 

What of the memories that fade, i 

Fade with the years, — 
Our poignant passion and pain, 
Laughter and tears? 

(Only when memories cease 
May the weary soul know peace) . 

What of the prayers we prayed? 
(0, Pitying One!) 
What of our prayers, God? 
Are they too gone? 

(Faint heart, allay thy fear, — 
Enough that they reached His ear!) 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 4, 193!| 



The Present Sunday School Literature in the 
Brethren Church 



By Prof. M. A. Stuckey 



Early in the month of October, Mrs. 
U. J. Shively, secretary of the Publica- 
tion Board of our denomination, wrote 
me to the effect that their Board had 
voted at one of its meetings during our 
recent National Conference to ask me to 
be one of their "counsellors in the mat- 
ter of Sunday School literature." 

The above paragraph indicates that 
the members of this group — representa- 
tive of manifold interests within the 
Brethren Church — are seeking for coun- 
sel outside of their own Board relative 
to acceptable and unacceptable types of 
literature that would aid them in plac- 
ing before the church at large, for in- 
spection, approval, and use, a Christian, 
orthodox, constructively conservative 
product which would meet with wide 
demand and general approval. 

To this request the writer accedes 
with the same sort of gladness that he 
has always manifested when the beck- 
oning voice of the Publishing interests 
was heard. In past days it has been a 
privilege and a pleasure to help our 
co-workers in this field of endeavor for 
Christ and His Church. And now, when 
the Publication Board faces an unpre- 
cedented financial problem, he is nol 
disposed to turn, away from this Mace 
donian call or assume an indifferent 
attitude about the future of an insti- 
tution which has been purchased by the 
gifts and blessed by the prayers of 
countless hundreds of faithful men and 
women in our beloved fraternity. There- 
fore, if the voice and work of the writ- 
er will help the Publication Board to 
solve some of its problems, he shall be 
glad to yield to their request. 

Brethren Literature 

In past days our Sunday school work- 
ers have used various types of litera- 
ture. They have of course selected, in 
the main, our own output from Ashland 
which included helps on the Internation- 
al Lessons for teachers and pupils, 
Adults, Youth's, and Boy's and Girl's 
quarterlies, together with the Angelus 
Primary Bible Stories, and other sup- 
plied materials. 

To these were added the Closely 
Graded Lesson series of the Standard 
Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Many of our schools, forty to sixty, 
have used during the preceding fifteen 
years, these Biblical,' well-written, 
soundly consei-vative, and highly at- 
tractive study leaflets and booklets for 
teachers and pupils. (Occasionally, 
your one-time field secretary discovered 
Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, etc., 
graded series while visiting certain 
schools). However, the Standard graded 
lessons have been found most accept- 
able to our workers and their continu- 
ance is merited because our Ashland 
House cannot afford financially to pro- 
duce their own graded materials. 



In addition to the above. Brethren 
Sunday School workers have used 
standard yearly teachers' helps such as 
those by Wells, (now Smith), Tarbell, 
Torrey, etc. Also they have had easy 
access to the Sunday School Times, The 
King's Business, The Illustrator, and 
the Union Gospel Press publications. 
The David C. Cook Company, Elgin, 
Illinois, has provided quarterlies and 
other publications for those who chose 
to order them. 

There are other types of literature 
which have been in vogue among our 
constituents, but lack of space forbids 
their being mentioned here. 

Future Plans 

The Publication Board plans to con- 
tinue The Brethren Bible Class Quar- 
terly. It is in demand everywhere. To 
its pages will be added the Home De- 
partment Quarterly. On the inside cover 
pages of this publication will appear 
special Brethren doctrinal studies to- 
gether with vital presentations on the 
ordinances and the particular emphasis 
and practices of our denomination as 
they are set forth in The Message of 
the Brethren ministry. This will be a 
constructive Brethren feature which our 
workers will enjoy. It should especially 
aid our teachers. 

The Brethren Youth's Quarterly and 
the Brethren Boys' and Girls' Quarter- 
ly are to be made available in interest- 
ing and appealing style to the pupil. 
These have been a boon to our teachers 
and pupils who desired the International 
Uniform lessons in preference to the 
graded series. But, it must be remem- 
bered that the same graded lessons 
which have been popularly received 
among our patrons will be available to 
those who desire them. Order thesa 
lessons through our Publishing House 
and aid our work there financially! 

Teachers' Helps 

Because the Brethren Teacher has 
been an unprofitable financial ven- 
ture, the Publishing House is offering 
a series of helps, — not altogether un- 
tried by our schools, published especial- 
ly for teachers by the Union Gospel 
Press. These materials methinks are in 
line with orthodox Christianity as it 
is generally conceived by the various 
denominations. They are written from a 
non-denominational point of view, are 
variously presented for different age 
groups, are well illustrated, are Biblical, 
comprehensive and practical. Instead of 
losing several hundred dollars per year 
on our Brethren Teacher, these quarter- 
lies (consult your order sheets) will 
realize for our Company a neat profit, 
if purchased even in the smallest quan- 
tities. 



Sunday School Papers 

The Angelus has also given the Punj 
lication Board difficulty because it to 
has increased the debit column of th 
Company's ledger considerably eac 
year. In its place. Christian Life, ( 
Union Gospel Press publication] 
Junior Life, Boy Life, and Girlhoo 
Days, (three Standard publicatior 
bearing the Brethren imprint an 
whose pages are open to suggestior 
and cuts from our people,) are bein 
offered. These papers are of a uniforn,, 
ly high nature. Christian in conten; 
non-denominational, excellently coni 
piled, and well printed. The Gospij 
Press paper is for youths of high scho<, 
age and above, while those of th 
Standard Company are for youngf 
folks. : 

These papers are being ofered to yo: 
by our Publishing Company. If the 
are ordered through the Ashland O; 
fice, you may be certain that you wi 
aid in liquidating the present indebtecj 
ness of our House. 

Our Book Lover's Table i 

The Publishing Company has askf 
me to review new books from varioi' 
publishers at home and abroad as the] 
appear before the public. Under tli 
above caption, the writer will endeavo; 
to review books which he will ha^; 
opportunity to read from week to wee| 
All volumes thus reviewed, and othe:! 
which you might desire to purchasj 
may be ordered through the AshlarJ 
office. I 

The Need of Prayer | 

The greatest need of the Brethren 
Publishing Company at present is fi; 
prevailing prayer on behalf of its eij 
tire staff and for renewed blessings i 
the form of gifts on Publication Day , 
meet the most pressing and immediai 
building needs. Let us be glad that vj 
have not lost entirely our plant durir 
this devastating depression! Let i 
thank God who has laid this whole prol 
lem before the entire church! Let \\ 
pray and give in order that He me 
continue to use it for the greater gloi 
of His Name. 



IN THIS NUMBER 



Present Brethren S. S. Literature, 

M. A. Stuckey 

Editorials 3, 

Future of Publications, Symposium 

Salvation^ Louis S. Bauman 

Sailors' Work Pictures 

Foreign Missions from the Home 

Base, Claude H. Pearson 

Paoua, Orville D. Jobson ] 

Garson Moise, Estella Myers ] 

Missionary Letters 1 

News from the Field 18-] 

Announcements 



Entered as second class matter at Ashland, OH 
Accepted for mailing at special rate, section IIC 
act of OcU 3. 1917, authorized Sept. 3, 1928. 



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Brethpcn Bvan^elisf 



Official Organ of the Brethren Church, including "The 
rethren Missionary," "The Brethren Witness," and "The 
Roman's Outlook," published 50 times a year by The Breth- 
m Publishing Company, Ashland, Ohio. 
Price, $2.00 per year in, advance. 

11 moneys and business communications should be sent to 

J. C. Beal, Secretary of Publications 
When ordering paper changed, give both old and new ad- 
ress. Allow four weeks thereafter before writing us about 
le change. Change of date on label will be your receipt. 
Editor, Chas. W. Mayes 
Foreign Missionary Editor, Louis S. Bauman 
Home Missionary Editor, R. Paul Miller 
W. M. S. Editor, Mrs. F. C. Vanator 
Sisterhood Editor, Helen Garber 
Send all matter for publication to the Editor, except those 
•tides intended for any one of the merged papers should 
i sent to the proper editor above named. 



EDI TORI AL 

TESTIMONY 

"Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." (I Sam. 7: 
2) . This is the testimony of the new editor. He has 
yoiced in the privilege of walking with the Lord 
I salvation and service and truly he has innumer- 
Dle reasons for praise and thanksgiving. The Lord 
ho has been a Friend in times of trials and re- 
ponsibilities will continue each step of the way. 



AN APPEAL 



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N APPRECIATION 

It is with a sense of real appreciation that we 
link of the effective work done by our predeces- 
)rs who have sacrificed, labored and prayed in the 
iterests of a worthy Brethren literature. The Lord 
lill bless their testimony and their labors will con- 
laue to bring forth fruit. We can appreciate these 
lings and be thankful, but the the Lord will re- 
lard. 

In thinking of the Lord's work, we are humbled to 
member the words of the great Apostle Paul, "I 
ive planted, Apollos watered ; but God gave the in- 
ease. So then neither is he that planteth anything, 
uther he that watereth; but God that giveth the 
crease." (I Cor. 3:6-7). 



OTHING NEW 

In accepting the call to the editorship of Breth- 
n Publications, it is well to state frankly that we 
ive no "New Deal" to offer. Our Gospel is the old 
)spel. Our faith is the old Faith. Our way is the 
1 Way. 

This changing world in which we live does not 
ed a different Gospel. It needs the old Gospel. The 
anging world to us only indicates a deeper need 
an it had yesterday for the same unchanging 
irist. The old salvation and the old rugged Cross 
ast be our theme. Ashland TheClOC;; 



On behalf of the entire staff of editors. We appeal 
to the praying people of our denomination to re- 
member us before the throne of grace. We are not 
wiser than our predecessors. We have no magic 
formula for spiritual success. We will succeed or 
fail in proportion to our praying. There may have 
been some time in the past when the work of the 
church would go on without much prayer. If there 
ever was such a day, it is gone. Brethren, pray for 
us. 



ENEMIES OF THE CROSS 

It must be our prayer that the Brethren church 
will not become ensnared by the tricks of the de- 
ceiver into looseness of living. Worldly-mindedness, 
fleshly lusts and immorality mean destruction. We 
need to warn against these as never before for we 
are living in a loose age. Sin is ignored, denied and 
petted in high circles in the name of culture. But 
this does not change God's Word. 

"For many walk, of whom I have told you often, 
and now tell you even weeping, that they are en- 
emies of the Cross of Christ ; whose end is destruc- 
tion, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is 
their shame, who mind earthly things." (Phil. 3:18- 
19). 



A GREAT SPEECH 

Recently one of America's most capable orators 
spoke in Los Angeles warning the United States of 
the imminent danger of social distintegration, civil 
war and spiritual chaos. It was a good speech. Every 
man in our nation could have heard it with profit. 

It is not so hard for statesmen and orators to 
agree on facts about conditions as we find them. 
Neither is it so difficult to agree upon some of the 
causes of the present unsettled condition. 

But when it comes to the remedy, opinions are 
very diverse. One thing however seems to character- 
ize most of the remedies offered for the world's sick- 
ness. Each Doctor of the world believes that the 
patient needs some THING. It may be a new thing, 
or it may be be an old thing, but nevertheless it is a 
THING. 

In the face of this condition, the Christian should 
find a unique opportunity to witness. It was our Lord 
who made the claim, "I am the way, the truth and 
the life." That claim has never been, and never can 
be proven untrue. It stands and will continue to 
stand. But it has been IGNORED. This is THE 
trouble with the world. 

It therefore remains for every Brethren to tell 
the world that it is not a new THING, nor an old 
THING, nor any THING that it is needed. But it is a 
PERSON. It is Jesus the Son of Man, the Son of 
God, the Lord of Heaven. It is Christ. 



AchlnnH Hhin 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 4, 193 



OUR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE 

OF THE BRETHREN PUBLICATION! 



By Dr. C. L. Anspach, 

President of Ashland College, and 

President of The National 

Home Mission Board 

For a number of years the Brethren 
Publishing Company, through its edi- 
itors and business manager, has given 
the National Home Mission Board and 
Ashland College excellent service. 
These two major interests of the 
Church have always been given large 
space in our publications. The editors 
and business management have cooper- 
ated with us. They have always been 
fair and active in the treatment of mat- 
ters concerning us. We ai-e, therefore, 
not only indebted to the outgoing edi- 
tors for the fact that they met their 
professional duties but for the active 
personal interest and for their earnest- 
ness in protecting our interests. I know 
that I express the attitude of these two 
major church activities when I say, 
"Thank you and may God bless you." 
We are grateful and appreciate your 
efforts in our behalf. 

We are confident that the pleasant 
relations which existed in the past will 
be continued in the future. It is es- 
sential that we cooperate. Few realize 
the importance of a church paper. If 
we discontinued the paper now, within 
a few months we would note the differ- 
ence. No group can exist long without 
a "sense of oneness," without that 
"sense of belonging." Solidarity or 
group unity must be present in all 
groups if they are long to endure. The 
Brethren Church is no exception. Our 
churches are so widely scattered that 
we must have an official church pape; 
to provide that "sense of oneness." I 
doubt if the majority of our churches, 
ministers and lay members have recog- 
nized that fact. If we did, I believe our 
publication interests would not now be 
facing present financial difficulties. We 
must have a paper. It is either adequate 
support for Brethren institutions or the 
institutions die and if institutions die, 
the church itself dies for disintergra- 
tion can only end in death. 

In the reorganization of the publica- 
tion interest, the Publication Board has 
called the Reverend Charles W. Mayes 
to the editorship of the Evangelist and 
Sunday School Literature. Coming from 
an active and successful pastorate he 
now starts a new type of Christian ac- 
tivity. In a way, it is not new as he has 
been writing and publishing for some 
years. He is a young man of ability, 
boundless energy and determination. 
The task he is undertaking is not an 
easy one but is a challenging one, for, 
it influences the very life of the churcn. 

Reverend Mayes returns to the scenes 
of past years as he was reared in the 
neai vicinity of Ashland and is a grad- 



uate of Ashland College. His friends 
will be glad to welcome him and wish 
him success in his new work. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



Prof. M. P. Puterbaugh, 

President of the National Laymen's 
Organization 

If the expression of the laymen in 
attendance at Winona last August and 
the letters received since are rightly in- 
terpreted, it is safe to say that the 
Laymen hope that in all our denomina- 
tional work the church leaders will re- 
member "the forgotten man" — the Lay- 
man. 

We do not look with favor upon the 
policy of filling every important posi- 
tion in our denomination with a clergy- 
man. We are not breathlessly held 
spell-bound by the highly technical the. 
ological discussions which we read con- 
stantly in our church paper and hear 
constantly in our conferences. It ap- 
pears we have been so busy thundering 
against heretics that we have done very 
little constructive work in the various 
branches of our denominational life. 

Moreover the laymen are still very 
denominational and cannot follow too 
rapidly any swing away from estab- 
lished policies in church government, 
emphasis on the ordinances, and a dem- 
ocratic freedom of speech and thought. 

It will be difficult to work up our 
enthusiasm for a publishing house 
which will be simply a commission 
house for other publications. Instead, 
we hope for a printing establishment 
from which shall come an ever-increas- 
ing amount of Brethren literature, re- 
flecting the thought and work of the 
entire brotherhood. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



Rev. N. V. Leatherman, 

Chairman, Boy's Work Committee 

Our hope for the future in Brethren 
publications is the same hope we have 
had for the present situation. The or- 
dinary pastor or layman has not suffi- 
cient information of facts relative to 
any of our institutions to sit in judg- 
ment upon the work of those delegated 
by us to exercise that judgTiient them- 
selves. For we inevitably receive inter- 
pretation of facts more than the facts 
themselves. Only one capable and free 
from prejudice with capacity and op- 
portunity to go through the sources of 
facts is able to pass intelligent judg- 
ment upon any of our institutions. 
Therefore let us dismiss our active re- 
sponsibility for management when we 
have elected new members on responsi- 
ble boards from time to time. Self per- 
petuating boards is not good church 
management. Conference should actual- 



Rev. R. D. Crees, 

President of the National Christian 
Endeavor 

Brethren Christian Endeavorers fa' 
the New Year optimistically. The pa 
year has r,i-'ant progress. Many goa 
have been achieved, new societi 
started, and old societies helped o' 
of their difficulties. More correspon 
ence has come to the desks of the pre 
ent officers than for some time pa 
showing that our societies are awak 
and ALSO SHOWING THAT MAN 
ENDEAVORERS READ TH 
BRETHREN EVANGELIST! 

Brethren Christian Endeavore 
greet the new editor of the Brethr( 
Evangelist, and other Brethren pub 
cations. Brother Mayes is leaving 
church where he has seven active Chri 
tian Endeavor Societies working ove 
time for the Lord. He well represen 
the spirit of youth in our denominatic 
and we speak for him the heartiest c 
operation of all our endeavorers. H 
task is not easy, but it offers a wc 
derful challenge. 

Since the "Brethren Angelus" w 
be discontinued for a time, more Chr: 
tian Endeavor material will find : 
way into the pages of the "Brethr 
Evangelist," which makes that pap 
now more valuable than ever. The mc 
practical way you can show your Ic 
alty to the new editor, to the Lord, a 
to the Brethren Church, is to SU 
SCRIBE FOR AND READ Ti 
BRETHREN EVANGELIST! 

R. D. CREE 

(New address — 1747 Kimball Avj 
New Kensington, Pa.) 

ly do the electing. Then let us take i 
a vital attitude of hope. ' 

And may we not have hope? Yes "> 
may. Where is it? 1. It is in our grt 
need for publication=:. Every interest; 
the church demands that we have' 
medium of common expression. Oi 
publications furnish that medium. 0' 
Boy's Brotherhood, of which commitlj 
the writer is chairman, must depe 
upon the Brethren Evangelist for m£ 
ing its program known. 2. Our he 
is in the church. Present correspor 
ence reveals the very vital interest t 
church has in her publications. They 
long to the church. The church injuj 
herself proportionately as she injui 
her publications. 3. Our hope for < 
publications must rest largely with c 
Publication Board and the Edito 
There are too many good men on c 
Board for any members of the chui 
to completely withdraw interest or c 
thusiasm or support or cooperati 
Let us therefore make our hope vita 
Berlin, Pa. 

(Continued on page 15) 



FOREIGN MI5SIQNAR,V NUME)Ei^ 




CHARLES W. With this issue, Rev. Charles 

MAYES, EDITOR W. Mayes becomes the editor 
of The Brethren Evangelist. 
The PubHcation Board is to be congratulated, since a 
change was to be made, in securing the services of 
Brother Mayes. For seven years. Brother Mayes has 
seen his work at Whittier grow until it is easily one 
of the outstanding churches of the brotherhood. 
While Brother Mayes is still young in years, he is 
no novice. His leaving is a tremendous loss to our 
work in Southern California, — a loss that is only 
compensated in the coming of Brother Ashman to 
our field to take over the work so well begun by 
Brother Mayes. We prophesy that a great church 
paper is going to be built up under the direction of 
Brother Mayes. We only hope and pray that his great 
teaching ministry through the spoken word shall 
continue in some way, also. Under the ruling of the 
Boards, Brother Mayes, now belonging distinctly to 
the Publication Board, compelled to sit in at all its 
nieetings at National Conference, must resign from 
the Board of Trustees of our Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety. That is a thought not so pleasant. Brother 
Mayes has been a tower of strength on our Board. 
To supply his place thereon will not be easy. But 
the Lord will provide for this also. Wei congratulate 
you, Brother Mayes, on your larger ministry. Our 
prayers will be with you. And, be sure of this one 
thing, that Southern California will never forget 
you. You have done a great work out here, and your 
work will live long, long after you have gone. 
God be with you and bless your new field of minis- 
tration. 

PEARSON'S WORK In our last Foreign 

IN Missionary Number, we 

LOS ANGELES HARBOR gave an account of the 

work of Brother Geo. 
Richardson, Superintendent of The Sailors' Rest 
Mission in Los Angeles Harbor. This week, we pre- 
sent the work of Brother Claude Pearson, whose 
yvork touches every land on earth through his con- 
tact with the ships that plough all the seas of the 
earth. It is a marvellous work — to see the precious 
^eed of life strewn out upon all waters. Broth- 
ers Richardson and Pearson are members of The 
ii'irst Brethren Church of Long Beach. If ever any 
)f our Churches can contact these men and secure 
:heir services, they will assuredly leave a lot of mis- 
sionary enthusiasm in their wake. They, too, are 
breign missionaries ! 



JOBSON Intensely interesting is the only way 
AT we know how to express the article in 

PAOUA which Brother Jobson describes his ex- 
periences at Paoua, the new station re- 
cently opened up fifty-two miles north of Bassai. 
Read it- Surely, well-spent are the dollars 
that have been given to the work in Africa. 
We hardly know what to think about some of 
the qualifications necessary to the reception of the 
rite of baptism in Africa. Certainly, the demands 
upon the new convert over there are much more se- 
vere than they are in our own United States. We 
recognize the fact, however, that conditions in civ- 
ilized Africa and uncivilized America, are vastly dif- 
ferent, and we have to be a bit more lenient witli 
our own people, struggling up out of the mire of law- 
lessness and Moviedom. Some day, we may be able 
to preach these high African standards — but not 
yet! And, imagine what would happen to a Com- 
munion service in our country were it necessary for 
each communicant to be in possession of "the little 
red card" before they could sit at the table! Weil, 
enough said along that line! Our readers will be 
interested to know that Brother and Sister Jobson 
will be arriving in New York at just about the time 
this issue of The Brethren Evangelist reaches them. 

VAGUE Mr. Joseph E. Uihlein, a 

APPREHENSION prominent citizen of Milwaukee, 
IN EUROPE a man who travels with his eyes 

wide open recently returned 
from England with the impression that, 
while conditions in general are greatly improved in 
Great Bi'itain, yet the British people are haunted 
with a fear of the morrow — just why, they do not 
know. Lloyd George, Britain's great World-War 
Premier, voices the feeling of fear that pervades the 
whole United Kingdom: "Quite frankly, I am 
alarmed. It seems to me the world is heading for a 
very great catastrophe." Mr. Uihlein says that all 
Europe is haunted with a fear of something dread- 
ful ahead. Just what it is — ■ just where it 
will start — just what will cause it — no- 
body seems to know. But there is a tense feel- 
ing of vague apprehension, a sort of waiting in in- 
tense suspense for some cataclysmic event. God's 
true believing children, however, are not quivering 
with fear in the darkness. Terrible as the outlook 
is, they walk in the sunlight and understand the 
meaning of it all. See Luke 21 :25-28, 31 ; I Thess. 
5:1-6. "KEEP LOOKING UP!" 




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SALVATION: By the Working of Law? 
or, "By Grace Through Faith ? 



By Louis S. Bauman 



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We have just been persuing Numbers 48 and 49 
of THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST. Three articles 
in these two issues appear to be harps having but 
a single string. We have decided to bunch the three, 
and say somewhat. When you are approached by a 
mob, you are compelled to shee at the mob. 

Therefore, we quote indiscriminately from all 
three of these articles — "Progressive Unfolding of 
God's Plan of Salvation;" 
"Is It The Whole Bible, Or 
A Part?"; "Freedom— Med- 
iation — Sainthood." 



Things passing call to me 

Like haunting strains of melody, — 

Lights at sea. 

Trains that swiftly go, 

Winds that blow. 

Swirling snow. 

Things passing call to me, — 

Rivers winding to the sea, 

A humming bee; 

A comet's flash across the sky, 

Birds that fly. 

Clouds racing by. 



Who Disagrees? 

"This prayer (the Lord's 
Prayer) has been uttered 
for ages and has never yet 
misrepresented the Mind of 
God or led one child astray." 

"The conception of an 
absolute Election, independ- 
ent of the will and acts of 
men, is further limited- . . . 
The overtures of Mercy are 
extended, but man must do 
something (act) to enter 
the covenant." 

"Grace is found at the 
very beginning of Matthew 
and all through the Book." 

"A man cannot depend on 
mercy for salvation and 
continue to do the works of 
the devil. . . . We dare not 

neglect to emphasize the necessity of a changed life 
and right conduct as a part of the essential Christian 
standard. The very words of Christ demand it. Who 
or what is man that he should attempt to lower the 
standard which the Lord has set?" 

"Faith that accepts is ready to 'obey all things'." 
"Saving faith includes the acceptation of the 
whole Gospel from Matthew 1 to the end of Revela- 
tion 22." 

"Every creature must believe the Gospel to be 
saved. There is nothing said about believing part of 
the Gospel. It is understood that the term 'the Gos- 



Journey's End 

Martha Snell Nicholson 



pel' means the whole Gospel. . . . 'The Gospel, thei 
Whole Gospel, and Nothing But The Gospel'." 

One of the three articles ends with these words 
in bold-face type: "There are no non-essentials to 

the one who can know and do." 

Now, we would not be quoting the above state- 
ments, were it not for the fact that all three writ- 
ers infer that truths like unto these above-quoted, 

are rejected by some in the 
ministry of the Brethrer 
Church- One writer places 
the caption of his article ir 
the form of the question 
"Is It The Whole Bible, Oj 
A Part? He begins thus; 
"It is the Brethren ChurcH 
creed to which we refer. W< 
are wondering if, in realj 
ity, we are clinging to th(; 
old-time slogan, 'The Bible 
The Whole Bible, and Noth 
ing But The Bible'." 



Things passing call to me. 

waiting soul, you shall be free! 

A breath, and sudden ecstacy ! 

Riding the wind, I travel far. 
Coursing past the evening star, 
Sweeping thru Heaven's opened gate ; 
Journey's end, — and a soul elate! 



Now, we believe we hav( 
a fairly good knowledge o 
what Brethren minister 
believe and teach. If ther 
are any men, or even on 
man, in the active Brethrei 
ministry who does not ac 
cept whole-heartedly ever; 
statement above quoted, w 
are unaware of the fact. I' 

there is one such, we ar 

sorry. But, if any of ou 
Brethren are minded to direct blows at any reasor 
able number of men in the Brethren Church becaus 
they believe them to disagree with statements lik 
these, they are simply battering away at "stray 
men." Well, pound away, beloved, if it relieves you 
feelings ! But it is too bad that such things publishel 
in The Brethren Evangelist, are giving the outsid! 
world a wrong impression of the ministry of th 
Brethren Church. 

Where We Disagree 

However, there are a number of other statement 



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in all three of these articles with which we have to 
disagree decidedly, and with which we cannot be- 
lieve many of our ministers agree. And those state- 
ments need to be challenged. 

We note some of these statements, and quote : 
Is Baptism Essential to Salvation? 

We quote: 

"Plainly baptism here is essential. Matthew 28: 
19, 20, also teaches the essentiality of baptism and 
of complete obedience." 

Now, we will take second place to no man in the 
Brethren Church in the matter of being a stalwart 
defender of the need of Christian baptism, and, at 
that, a rite to be performed in the apostolic way. 
We realize we are living in a day when this exceed- 
ingly important rite is all too lightly held. 

Webster defines the word "essential" thus: "In- 
dispensable to the attainment of an object- Indis- 
pensably necessary." All of which means that the 
object sought cannot be attained without it. If 

baptism is essential to salvation, then, it means that 
God, even in His sovereignty, is today unable to give 
sternal life to any sin-stained soul who enters into 
eternity without baptism ! After all, was the thief 
»n the cross saved, or was he not ? Or, what was the 
estate into which he entered after death? Or, per- 
haps we might ask the writer of the article if 
sprinkling is baptism? If sprinkhng is not really 
baptism, are all our Presbyterian and Methodist 
friends doomed to an eternal hell? Or, what about 
our Quaker friends? Are they also, one and all 
doomed? We shall not be so embarrassing as to 
ask for a reply to these questions. 

We note also the writer's cocksureness as to his 
interpretation of the passage: "Except a man be 
born of water," etc. (John 3:3). It matters not that 
tiis interpretation sends to hell every unbaptized 
Quaker, however believing or however godly in his 
living. Or, perhaps his "gospel" of salvation by 
"some kind of works" will give even a Quaker some 
[lope, however slight. 

We shall never forget that once upon a time, we 
asked a very stalwart Brethren brother whether or 
not sprinkling was baptism. "Certainly not!" was 
the emphatic response ; "baptism means dipping, and 
if you are not dipped, you are not baptized!" Later 
on, we put this question to him: "Brother, do you 
believe a man can be saved without baptism ?" "Cer- 
tainly not," said he; "the Bible settles that! 'He that 
believeth and is baptized shall be saved'!" 
A.t a later date, this brother was urging 
IS to attend "a wonderful conference," say- 
ing that it was proving "such a great spirit- 



ual blessing" to him. We replied: "Brother 
, the speakers on that program are near- 
ly all sprinkled Presbyterians. Therefore, they have 
not been baptized. Therefore, they are not saved. 
Now, I do not go to a bunch of unregenerates to 
get any 'great spiritual blessing'!" He has never 
said anything to me since, although sometimes we 
do sit together at the feet of some "unbaptized" 
Presbyterian preacher and take in a bit of spiritual 
food! "0 Consistence! Thou are a jewel!" 

Attention is continually called to the words of the 
Master: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be 
saved" (Mark 16:16). There is not the slightest 
doubt but that those who truly "believe" and are 
"baptized" shall be saved. I might tell my boy that 
if he will work and get a grade of ninety per cent 
in all his studies for a year, I will get him a Ford 
upon his graduation. Now, he has my promise. If he 
works hard and gets the ninety per cent, he can 
claim the Ford under my promise. However, sup- 
pose he works hard, but sickness or unforeseen 
events hinder him in his work, so that he comes 
short of the ninety per cent. Claim a Ford at 
graduation because of my promise, he cannot. He 
is without the promise. But, who shall say that I 
cannot get him a Ford apart from my promise if such 
be my will ? Who shall say that baptism limits God in 
His sovereign will from working apart from a prom- 
ise, — not breaking a promise, but working apart froni 
it? It is infinitely better, of course, to go before 
God UNDER promise. But God is still soverign. 

When Jesus girded Himself with a towel and knelt 
to wash the feet of Peter, Peter exclaimed: "Thou 
shalt never wash my feet!" Immediately Jesu3 re- 
plied: "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with 
Me!" (John 13:8). Now, that is even a stronger 
statement than Mark's: "He that believeth and is 
baptized shall be saved-" Shall we say then, that 
feet-washing is absolutely essential to salvation? 
Some Brethren have so affirmed to the writer. The 
writer, when nine years of age, stepped in front of 
a mowing machine, and his right foot was severed 
from his body. When the machine was halted, the 
sickle was part way through the left ankle also. 
Several inches more, and both feet would have been 
gone. Now, if the statement of our Lord makes the 
ordinance of feet-washing "essential" to salvation, 
and God, in His sovereign will, cannot save apart 
from the act of feet-washing, then, doomed indeed 
the writer would have been had both feet been 
severed from his body; and, what about the poor 
unfortunate who is born without feet? To declare 
him lost on that account would be sheer nonsense. 
Nothing can hinder the sovereign will of God in 
working out that which is just. We believe as 

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oreign fviissions rrom a nome 

A Literal Application of, "Go ye into all the 

world, and preach the gospel to every creature" 

(Mark 16:15) 

By Claude H. Pearson 





After a restful night, sleeping on a silk floss 
attress (the silk having come from far-off Japan) , 
mr feet touched an oriental rug from another 
untry. At breakfast, you sipped the American 
imulant from Brazil, and sweetened it with Hawai- 
n sugar. The Floridan, or perhaps Palestinean, 
anges and pineapple were delicious! 
You took time to glance over the morning paper, 
id at Family Devotions, you read a line from a 
vorite missionary. At the office, work bench, farm 
shop, you touched and used articles from all over 
e world, and they made your work more pleasant 
id lighter. "Selah!" (Stop and think!) From 
lence came all these? Necessities, utilities or lux- 
ies, it matters not, — they were brought to you by 
great unnumbered host of men, a great fleet of 
erchant ships, whom few people know anything 
lOut, and fewer care. 

Over ninety per cent of these men are separated 
om wives, families, sweethearts and loved ones for 
3eks, months, — yes, and years — at a time, seeing 
em only for a few hours when they are near home, 
rcumstances of one kind and another have caused 
em to select their vocation. Are they happy? No! 
re they well paid for their labors and services ? No ! 
they have the precious Word of Life? No! Do 
ey attend any kind of regular religious services? 
! Are they human ? Yes, we know they are. Does 
ie Christ of the Bible love them? Yes, we know 



He does. Do they hear about Him and His Gospel ? 
Very, very few. Ask yourself how many missionar- 
ies you have heard who were workers among these 
men. Ask any denominational Board if they have 
ever spent any money to give them the Gospel. 

Oh, Beloved,— choice fruit may be gathered from 
among these dear men if they ever hear. But, "How 
can they hear without a preacher?" And, a preacher 
must be sent. 

The pictures in connection with this article will 
show you something of the work we are doing among 
them. Read the descriptions, according to number. 
From 1912 to 1930, The Bible Institute of Los An- 
geles had such a work in Los Angeles Harbor. Since 
1930, that work has been known as Pearson's Sailor 
Work, with the writer as Missionaiy Director. Two 
foreign harbors are being occupied in addition to 
Los Angeles Harbor — one in Rangoon, Burma, and 
the other in Fusan, Korea. Pray for the Missionary 
Director and his helpers. 

If you would like to hear more about this world- 
wide witnessing, write our Foreign Missionary Of- 
fice, and Dr. Bauman or Miss Longaker will pass 
your letter on to the writer. Perhaps in the future, 
the Brethren Evangelist will tell of different indi- 
viduals being brought to a saving knowledge of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, this field is one of actual 
application of our Lord's command, "Go ye into all 
the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." 



Description oF Pictures on Opposite Page 



No. 1. Group of U. S. Navy boys, 
thered from the street or from the 

M. C. A., and other places and 
DUght to the home where entertain- 
;nt is provided. They are taught from 
3 Bible itself the plan of Salvation, 
d how to live the victorious life while 

board their ship. Through personal 
rrespondence encouragement is given 
3m while they are away. There have 
3n a goodly number won in the home 
10 go back to win others. Some leav- 
j the Navy are training for Christian 
rvice wharever their Lord may lead. 

No. 2. Group of French Sailors. Some 
these men show you a small picture 
a cross hanging around the neck 
len you question them about Salva- 
n. This is their only hope and a.true 



Christian's heart will yearn to lead 
them into the Light. 

No. 8. A French boy out of group 
two. We meet dozens of boys in their 
early teen age on some of the Norweg- 
ian, Sweedish and British vessels. Imag- 
ine if you can, their environment and 
rejoice with us that some are being 
reached with the Gospel of the Grace 
and Love. 

No. 4. A Chilean group. It took four 
days of prayer and tactful endeavor to 
get the Message to them. A chance like 
this docsn't occur every day. 

No. 5. Group from Japanese Gov- 
ernment Merchant Marine School. These 
young men have been picked from the 
entire Empire and represent the very 
best of Japan. Some have already re- 



turned as officers on other ships and 
have yielded to Christ. In addition to 
these are thousands of Chinese and 
Japanese and other immigrants passing 
through our harbor every month. We 
give them the Message often for their 
first time and leave with them copies 
of the Word of God for the rest of 
their voyage. 

No. 6. Group of British laundry 
girls from one of the large around-the- 
world passenger steamers. They were 
brought to the home by auto on a 
rainy afternoon and entertained in 
front of an open fireplace with Gospel 
songs and very practical message. One 
yielded to the Lord Jesus as her Sav- 
iour, another out of fellowship re- 
turned to Him, and others testified to 
being encouraged. 




Paoua - M^Baindi Communion 



By Rev. Orville D. Jobson, Jr. 




Some months ago we reported the opening of 
work at Paoua, a Government Post some fifty-two 
miles north of Bassai, mentioning that many had 
accepted the Lord Jesus as Saviour, and, that with 
January, 1935, the work started off with great 
hopes. We have not been disappointed in our ex- 
pectations, and praise the Lord for the working of 
His Spirit at this new point. 

In spite of approaching furlough and last minute 
calls for our help, we gave the last week of Septem- 
ber to the Chapels of Paoua and M'Baindi, which, 
with two preaching points at Gouze and Gouzara. 
form the Tali 
field. Our first 
baptism was 
held for this 
group on April 
15, 1933, after 
the work had 
been opened 
one year; and, 
the second bap- 
tism was o n 
November 19th 
of the same 
year. At the 
first baptism 
there were 
twenty two re- 
ceived the sac- 
red rite and at Jobson Baptizing 
the second, seventeen. Love Feast was held several 
times at M'Baindi for these few Christians. Now 
that the Paoua Chapel has been opened, the center 
of the field has been transferred' to Paoua. Here 
we spent most of our time on this last trip. 

We had services morning and evening every day 
until Sunday. We instructed the applicants for bap- 
tism and the Christians concerning baptism, separ- 
ation from the world, the church, feet washing, the 
agape, and the bread and cup. The services were well 
attended, there being at no service less than 100 
people, and some mornings the attendance reached 
200. For week day services, we were encouraged 
by this interest. 

The local teachers chose from the 105 applicants 
for baptism, 59 which had faithfully attended the 
teaching of the Word, and memorized the Scriptures. 



One third of the number are able to read from th 
Gospel of John. One member reads fluently froi 
St. John and from St. Mark. Some of these 59 ha\ 
been in teaching for two years, and none under or 
year. After our examination, we chose 49 for ba] 
tism. There were three married couples, seve 
wives of non-Christian husbands, one wife of a ma 
still in teaching class, one wife of a man already 
communicant, two married men, with wives still i 
teaching, three young women unmarried, and tl: 
rest young men and boys. 

The ten not chosen were refused baptism for tl: 

following re^ 

sons. Two m( 

had not paid 

the dowry f( 

their wiv^ 

with who 

they had be( 

living for son 

time. The 

were encou 

aged to coi 

plete the dow 

and win th< 

wives to t' 

Lord. T \^ 

young girls u 

married, a r 

not engagt 

Africian Converts at Bassai coming fro 

non-Christian families were refused because th 

had no Christian parent or brother to stand pled 

that they would be married to a Christian man. T 

women married (native custom) to non-Christi 

men, but at present not living with their husbani 

Tlie other four were held over for more teaching. 

Our baptismal service was held at 6 A. M., Si 

day, September 29th, in the little stream that pass 

through the commercial center of Paoua. I was 

sisted by Jean Noatimo, our only ordained native 

the Karre District. A great crowd was present, ma 

to observe for the first time a Christian baptis 

The candidates were arranged in lines on the sa 

quite separate from the observing crowd. The lo 

Administrator was present to take a few photos 

was a beautiful morning, and the service very i 

pressive from the beginning to the end. Ten tril 




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of the Oubangui-Chari Colony were represented by 
those receiving the rite of baptism: Souma, Karre. 
Tali, Banou, Obea, Sara MBai, Mandjia, Kabba, 
Baya-Kaka, and Banda. "One Lord, one faith, one 
baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, 
and through all, and in you all" (Eph. 4:5-6). 

Following the baptism the crowd followed us to 
the chapel, where after a change of clothes we had 
the regular Sunday morning service with some four 
hundred crowded into the chapel. The applicants, 
now baptized Christians, came forward and were re- 
ceived into full membership in the church. We 
preached an evangelistic sermon, and made an ap- 
peal to the unsaved in particular. The results were 
that about twelve enrolled in the converts class. 
There were several chiefs present and most of the 
floating population of Baoua. The offering was 
twenty-three francs. 

The Love Feast was held in the afternoon. The 
little chapel was arranged to accommodate the dif- 
ferent members, and about three o'clock the women 
began to arrive with food — each two dishes, one a 
tnanico loaf and the other some meat or vegetable 
and sauce — tied up in many colored bandana hand- 
kerchiefs. The preparations complete, the communi- 
3ants gathered into the Chapel, each presenting the 
little red card given beforehand when they were 
individually dealt with concerning their fitness to 
commune. We were 96 in all, some visitors from 
Bassai, Bellevue and Kano, Nigeria. We extended the 
right hand of fellowship to Sami and his wife, 
Hawa, who came to us from Kano, Nigeria, and who 
have been serving as teachers at Paoua; and, to 
Julienne, a young woman baptized at Yaloke. With 
the addition of these, one more tribe is added, be- 
cause Hawa is an Azande, from the Anglo-Egyptian 
Sudan. Thus the members of the eleven tribes, now 
one in Christ, partook of the Love Feast with a 
aew joy as they realized that they were one in 
Christ — bought by His blood — brothers and sisters 
in the Lord. In spite of the fact that the service 
was new to half of the number, we had perfect or- 
der and in quietness and thoughtfulness each par- 
took of the service in the spirit of humility and love. 

We have every reason to be thankful for the man- 
ner in which the Lord has blessed our feeble efforts 
in the Tali field. Our membership now stands 84. 
Of the original 37 baptized at M'Baindi two years 
ago, 33 are in full fellowship; 2 having passed on 
to their heavenly home, and the other two suspended 
for non-Christian marriages. 

The addition of the new ones baptized is signifi- 
cant, because one was the Souma Chief at Paoua. 
This is the first experience we have had in the Bas- 
sai Field, of a Chief accepting the Gospel and per- 
severing until baptism. As far as we can see, he is 
thoroughly converted to the Lord. In addition to his 
native name, Namwara, he has taken the name of 



Nicodemus, which he feels proud to own. His wife, 
the mother of two children, is very sincere, and 
makes a good helpmeet for Namwara in his Chris- 
tian walk. Her native name, Lemf iou, means "worthy 
of death." This we changed to Ruth Lempasse, the 
last meaning, "worthy of life" (John 3:36). 

Another was Louis Beldoum, the Administrator's 
cook, and his wife, Catherine Toujoung, both Sara 
M'Bai from Moissala. Louis has known the Gospel 
for years, and has a reputation known to whites and 
blacks alike as steady, consistent, thorough and 
gentleman like. He stopped the use of drink and 
tobacco years ago when he first heard the Gospel at 
Ft. Crampel. We are very glad that his testimony 
bears such an influence. These two families coming 
to the Lord reminds of "the devout Greeks a great 
multitude, and of the chief women not a few" refer- 
red to by Paul in his travels. 

This fruitful work has been under the super- 
vision of Jean Noetimo, assisted by Sami and Maur- 
ice at Paoua, Victor at M'Baindi, and Samson and 
Thomas at Gouze and Gouzara. We commend the 
work in the Paoua-M'Baindi field to our home 
church for continued prayer and support, that this 
effort in which our teachers have proven their abil- 
ity in the things of the Lord, may continue to bear 
precious fruit for the Saviour. 



SUBSTITUTES! 



BEWARE of the grocer, or the clothier, or the 
druggist, or any other man who is offering substi- 
tutes for articles you know to be "true and tried." 
The First Brethren Church refuses to offer substi- 
tutes to those desiring spiritual values that have 
stood the severest tests for ages past. But, if you 
prefer a church that offers you Science for Scripture, 
or. Reason for Revelation; or, Theories for Truth; 
or, Intellectualism for Inspiration; or. Culture for 
Conversion ; or. Pardon for Propitiation ; or, Benevo- 
lence for Blood ; or, At-one-ment for Atonement ; or, 
Goodness for Grace; or, Sociability for Spirituality; 
or, Play for Praise; or, "Pep" for Prayer; or. Pro- 
fession for Possession; or. Programs for Power; or. 
Reformation for Regeneration ; or. Good for God ; or. 
Church for Christ ; or. Speculation for Salvation ; or 
Jubilation for Justification ; or. Feeling for Faith ; or. 
Paralysis for Peace — then, my friend, you have en- 
tered the wrong pew ! If you desire them, there are 
plenty of substitutes to be had elsewhere in this city ! 
— From The Calendar of The First Brethren Church 
of Long Beach, California. 



THE MISSIONARY MOTIVE 

"God was in Christ, reconciling the world imto 
himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; 
and hath committed unto us the word of reconcilia- 
tion." (II Cor. 5:19). 




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By Estella Myers 




Since reading an old letter written about ten years 
ago that was published recently, about a young lad 
named Garcon, who was sick on our veranda, I 
thought you would be, interested in knowing more 
about him. He is now six feet tall, married, has a 
little girl and still serving in the medical depart- 
ment. He is known by three names : Garcon, his baby 
name ; Guingo, a nick-name, meaning "thin," in San- 
go, given to him by the natives from the neighbor- 
ing tribe who visit the dispensary; and, his Chris- 
tian name, Moise. 

Moise tells us that he was bom on the Doll moun- 
tain just across the valley from Bassai. In those 
days before the villages werei brought down in the 
valley, the natives were very war like and were 
cannibals. Tlie Housa, a commercial Mohemmedan 
tribe from the north, came down from time to time 
to take the people as slaves. Moise remembers well 
one time when about fifteen came to take some Kare 
from the village Delabai, as slaves and his father 
and others overpowered and killed them. Their bodies 
were cut up and divided among the victors. The 
blood was offered up to the idols in order that the 
spirits of the Housa would not return to kill them 
with lubf trouble. The flesh of their enemies was 
cooked; and, Moise sat with his father around the 
fire, rejoicing over their victory, and feasting on 
human flesh. They had no sweeter revenge than to 
kill and eat their enemies. 

His father and mother died when he was still very 
young, about the time his village, Mamadous, was 
moved down from the mountain. Soon after this, 
Brother Gribble arrived and all the natives were 
curious to see the white man and his tent, and to 
know why he came to live with them. Moise was 
among the throng. He was impressed by the fair- 
ness of the missionaries in paying for the things 
• that they asked for, as chickens, eggs, and other 
food stuff. When asked what his impression was, as 
a child, of the "Good News," he unhesitatingly re- 
plied, that there were two roads to travel, and that 
one led to a good place and the other to a bad place. 
His former idea was that their spirits went to the 
bush after death and would return to avenge their 
enemies. He had often appeased gods to keep the 
spirits of enemies from returning to kill him or his 
relatives. And he tells now that even when he was 



sick on our veranda, before we had a hospital, he 
was not true to God; for, when his brother, Yako, 
came up and asked leave to appeal to the idols for 
him, he gave him permission. But later in life, when 
he was very low again with pneumonia, he remained 
true to the living God. 

The first Christian song that he heard sung, was, 
"At The Cross." He said that it impressed him very 
much. He tried to interpret the way of salvation 
and sought to know the way through the preaching 
of the missionaries. The joy of going to heaven 
where he would live with God was truly good news to 
a young lad's heart, but he tells his story! "I did not 
know the way straight when I was young. I was 
muddled. To travel with God did not grip me strong-i 
ly until I became older." Yet in the dry seasons, 
when the bush devilish school (Shumaili) started. 
Moise always refused to go; therefore, he does not 
have that stain in his life. In his youth he was| 
baptized; and, soon given the work of sweeping the! 
church, and was also employed to help in the dis-j 
pensary work. 

Moise was a fair and truthful lad even though he' 
did believe in giving out bottles, bandages and what, 
not, to patients at the dispensary, behind our back.. 
He was generous, being accustomed to seeing medi-! 
cines given and ulcers bandaged without any renum 
eration. He was punished for these acts, and liad; 
been discharged several times; but, when the dis 
pensary opened in the morning, he was there on 
duty, as if he never had been discharged the day be 
fore. When asked now why he did not leave wher; 
he was discharged, he repHed: "Why should a mar 
stay down when he had fallen? Should he not gel 
up and go on?" 

One day the boy who helped in the cooking was 
found stealing some dried meat. He had been guiltj 
of this sin many times and it was thought best t( 
discharge him. Moise came pleading for Youwek 
saying: "Youwele is no worse than the rest of us 
We all steal, but he was found out." 

Moise had a temper. It was not uncommon for i. 
school student to come to us crying, showing hi; 
wound, saying, Moise had whipped him, threw stont i 
at him, etc. When he was asked why he was for; 
ever fighting the other boys, he replied that, tha 
was the way to make them good. He believed ii 



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rce, even though he needed to help "kou gnano" 

3at the wound that he had made. But now we are 

id to say his temper no longer masters him, but 

masters it. He is learning the secret that it is not 

• might nor by power but by the Spirit of God. At 
e dispensary he is a good disciplinarian, firm, yet 
nid, untiring in his ministering to the sick. In the 
spital at night, he is always willing to watch by 
e patient's bedside. One time one of the patients 
lo had been severely burned, needed grafting on 
3 foot, to prevent him from being a cripple. No one 
)uld volunteer to give the skin. Then the nurse 
id, "Take the skin off my arm," which made the 
eration rather complicated, as I expected Moise 

help me. He was interested in the case, and 
itched his own skin grow on the foot of the patient, 
le new skin was slow in getting black on Moise's 
tn and he began to wonder whether he would al- 
lys be marked. In the dispensary work he is al- 
lys anxious to know all that he can, and now is 
ry conscientious in his ministry. 

In school Moise was not one of the brightest. In- 
3d, many evenings we tutored him that he might 
ep up with his class. We asked him why he 
inted to read and he said, "That I might see with 
T own eyes the message in the Book that you 
ing to us, to be convinced that it is the truth." 
ter he knew how to read, he went in the evenings 
a nearby village, named Balague, to preach and 
ich the people Bible verses. 
His brother Yako had bought a wife for him. He 
I not like her family, especially her sister who was 
t true to her husband. He did not want any one 
)m that kind of a family to be his wife. He refused 
have her and set out to find one for himself. He 
ked out a nice little girl, saw her family and her 
ters good, and started to buy her. She also told 
n she would be true to him and they had a Chris- 
n wedding after the dowry had been paid. Just 
;ently death visited their home when his wife gave 
•th to a wee baby. He was brave and carried him- 
f like a Christian, a place where so many natives 
eak because of their emotional spirit. 
3e has never had the chance to itinerate very 
ich, for his part was to stay home and care for 
! ulcers when we went away. One journey, how- 
;r, he made with me, but was not relieved from 
■ing for the- sick. Being called to the bedside of 
3 of our missionaries at Bellevue, I was taken with 
h fever and severe headache along the way. Moise 
\ Jean faithfully put cold cloths on my head, wait- 

• for the sun to go down that the porters might 
ry me on the cot the remaining miles to the sta- 
1. The heaven was black with threatening rain; 
■ lightning was light for our pathway. We prayed 
we traveled, and arrived in the morning to find 

fever dropping, 
ilore could be said of the faithfulness of this na- 



tive Christian ; of his respect to the white people ; his 
love to his own people in serving them, whether at 
the dispensary, Sunday School Bible class or as a 
deacon in the church, to help his weaker brothers 
where sin is found in the lives of the Christian, in 
rebuking it justly and pointing them upward. He 
is growing in grace and in the knowledge of the 
truth; but, in his humility he said, "I have not al- 
ways been true to my Saviour. I have erred in so 
many ways, even in not being honest with God in 
giving all of my tithe to the Lord's work." 

The writing of this little sketch of his life would 
not be complete without saying that the past years 
he has spent many hours with me in translating the 
New Testament in the Kare language. Now as we 
are working on the last book, Hebrews, his heart is 
full of joy, to not only know what the book contains, 
but that the others of his tribe might also know 
the message God has given to mankind. Today I 
asked him what part of the Scriptures impressed 
him greatly and he said, "The writings of Paul. I 
like his words where he said he suffered the loss of 
all things and counted them but refuse that he 
might gain Christ and be found in him." As he 
quoted those words he said, "And Paul did press on 
toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of 
God in Christ Jesus." 

Let us pray that Moise may have the desire of 
his heart to know his Lord better and be found in 
Him as he presses on. 



GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE 

"Government of the people, by the people, for the 
people," has become a classic phrase. As coined by 
Lincoln and used by him in his immortal Gettys- 
burg address it was meaningful and satisfying. Put 
to the test of the disjointed times in which we live 
and the menace of gangland government in many 
places, there is arising a very insistent urge to ask, 
what "people?" That urge was felt in the ancient 
world, when they devised the name "aristocracy" 
now degraded to have a sinister meaning, but which 
originally meant "the rule of the best people." When 
the worst people rule, we may well pray that the 
rule "of such people" may "perish from the earth." 
All depends upon the character of the "people." Free 
government is very much in favor in all the world 
today, but, with all its attractions, it conceals a 
subtle menace; when rulers are bad, the "people" 
may depose them, but when the "people" rule and 
are bad, who shall depose them? 

— Bibliotheca Sacra 



A man may be a blot; he may be a blessing, \s\x\. 
he cannot be a blank. .,,. , 



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January 4, 193t 



SALVATION 



^ 



(Continued from page 7) 

strongly as any man, that if a man is 
saved by grace, through faith, the sure 
result will be submission to the revealed 
will of God. If he submits to the will of 
God, he will be baptized, if that is pos- 
sible—baptized not to be saved, but 
because he is saved — baptized as the 
sign and the seal of the fact that his 
sins have been "washed away" through 
his faith in the atoning blood — sins 
laid upon the "Lamb of God which 
taketh away the sin of the world." 
Again, we quote: 

"That some kind of works is essential 
to salvation is certain." 

Very well. Will the writer of that 
statement inform us just what "kind of 
works is essential," and what kind are 
not ? We must assume that the author 
of the above statement means that 
"some kind of works" together with 
the grace (i. e., unearned favor) of 
God, is "essential" — i. e., indispensably 
necessary — to salvation. Paul, then, 
must have been wrong when he de- 
clared salvation cannot be of both works 
and grace. Hear him: "If by grace, 
then it is no more of works: otherwise 
grace is no more grace. But if it be of 
works, then it is no more grace: other- 
wise work is no more work" (Rom. 11: 
6). To a Mormon elder who taught 
that salvation is dependent on "some 
kind of works,' we once said: "Since I 
am a bit lazy, and do not want to over- 
do, will you please tell me just wha\ 
the limit is — how much work must I 
do to fulfill the necessary requirements 
for salvation?' The Mormon did not 
reply! Perhaps some others can. But, 
on that ground, how many of us would 
have real assurance that we are saved ? 
Is "Complete Obedience" Essential to 
Salvation? 
"We are enjoined to teach 'all na- 
tions' that COMPLETE (capitals ours) 
obedience, or obedience in all things' is 
necessary." 

"Necessary?" Yes, — but "necessary" 
to what? If "necessary" to the per- 
fect Christian life and character, — 
yes! If "necessary" to be truly pleas- 
ing to God — yes! But, if "necessary" 
to salvation — NO! Otherwise, who can 
for one moment claim to be saved? We 
only know of one Man Who ever dared 
to stand before God and men and ut- 
ter the challenge: "Which of you con- 
^-inceth Me of sin?" (John 8:46). Only 
one Man Who dared to say: "I do al- 
ways those things that please Him 
(God)" John 8:29). If "complete obed- 
ience" to the holy will of God were 
within the possible attainment of men, 
then there would be no need of a Sav- 
iour on a cross! It is written: "If 
righteousness come by the law, then 
Christ is dead in vain" (Gal. 2:21). Sal- 
vation would then come as it came un- 
der the law, even as Moses wrote: "Ye 
shall therefore keep My statutes, and My 
judgments : which, if a man do, he shall 



live in them" (Lev. 18:5). Let those 
who would make "complete obedience" 
an "essential," — a thing without which 
salvation cannot be attained — remember 
the words of their own beloved Jesus: 
"Whosoever shall keep he whole law, 
and yet offend in one point, he is guilty 
of all" (James 2:10). It was law, and 
not grace, which made "complete obed- 
ience" essential to salvation. Paul was 
right: "If there had been a law given 
which could have given life, verily 
righteousness shiould have been by the 
law" (Gal. 3:21). What was the trouble 
with the law? The apostle answers: 
"For what the law could not do (i. e., 
save men), in that it was weak through 
the flesh, God, sending His own Son" 
— DID! It was Christ, and Christ alone 
Who completely overcame all weakness 
in the flesh, and rendered unto God 
"complete obedience." And, because He 
gave "complete obedience," He was ac- 
ceptable as our sin-offering to God. 
The spirit of obedience, every regener- 
ated child of God has. But that is a 
different thing from the attainment of 
"complete obedience." We fully agree 
with the writer's statement in which he 
unwittingly recedes from his first po- 
sition, — that "faith that accepts and IS 
READY (caps, ours) to obey 'all things' 
is necessary." But, to be "ready to 
obey," and actually to obey, are two dif- 
ferent things. 

"Salvation by Faith, Without Works 
A Great Delusian?" 

Again, we quote: 

"The deceptive doctrine that salva- 
tion is by faith only, tliat is, mere be- 
lief in Christ, without works of any 
kind, is a great delusion." (Would the 
writer agree to say "real" or "genuine" 
or "saving" belief, instead of "mere" 
belief?) 

Now, we accept the statement of 
James that "faith vdthout works is 
dead." Genuine faith means faithful- 
ness to Christ. And, let no man say 
that he has genuine faith, whose life 
is barren of the fulfillment of practical 
Christian duties. A bom-again Chris- 
tian produces good works for the same 
reason that an apple tree produces ap- 
ples — it is its nature. The Gospel rings 
clear: "By grace are ye saved throuerh 
faith; and that NOT OF YOUR- 
SELVES; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD. 
NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should 
boast" (Eph. 2:8, 9). But, now note the 
sure result of this Gospel (which is 
"not of works" — not even of some 
works, of if by some works, then it 
would still be of works) : "We are His 
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus 
UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God 
hath before ordained th^t we should 
walk in them" (Eph. 2:10). 

If "salvation by faith oily. . .without 
works of any kind" is "deceptive doc- 
trine" and "a great delusion," then 
what must we think of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, Who promised the thief on the 
cross salvation on the ground of "faith 
only, without works of any kind?" If 
the thief was saved by "works" of any 



kind, will somebody please inform u 
what his good works were ? 

Is The Sermon On The Mount 
"Gospel?" 
"The statement has been public] 
made that there is not a line of Goi 
pel in the Sermon on the Mount.' " 

We plead guilty. Doubtless the wri 

er of that has the writer of this a 

tide in mind, for we made that vei 

statement at the Bible Conference : 

Ashland, Ohio, last spring; and we hai 

made and are making it in Bible Co) 

ferences all over America. It is seldo 

challenged. The Sermon on the Moui 

is the Constitution for the governme 

of the coming Kingdom of God on th 

earth. It is the vei-y essence of tl 

holy law of God. It is the finest stan 

ard for moral living ever formulate 

It is utterly divine! No child of Gi 

will fail to profit by its teaching. Aj| 

yet, IT DOES NOT CONTAIN 

SINGLE LINE OF THE GOSPEL (i. 

the "good news") OF CHRIST. It is t 

law of Christ, not the Gospel of Chriij 

If there is a line of Gospel in it, whe 

is the line? Where is there a sinj 

promise of eternal life to any one e 

cept on the ground — "Whosoever hes] 

eth these sayings of Mine, and doej 

them" (Matt. 7:24) ? Let those who i 

cept the Sermon on the Mount as bet 

of grace, remember the inspired word 

"As many as are of the works of t 

law are under the curse: for it is wr 

ten. Cursed is every one that eontinuti 

not in all things which are written 

the book of th(e law, to do thei| 

(Gal. 3:10). Is that "good news?" 

Seventh Day Adventist preacher 

day said to the writer: "I am unci 

grace because I keep the law!" Enouj 

said! 

Against our "statement" "publi 
made" that the Sermon on the Mot.: 
does not contain the Gospel of Chr 
our brother places the argument: "Mj; 
1:1 dates the Gospel with the work 
John the Baptist," — reasoning tl 
since the "work of John the Baptij 
antedates the Sermon on the Mou: 
therefore the Sermon on the Moi; 
must be Gospel! Logical, indeed! " 
may safely conclude," he goes on 
say, that "Jesus called His teachi| 
from His baptism on, the Gospel." W 
now, why not go back a bit farth( 
Was it not written over 600 years 
fore Christ: "The just shall live 
his faith?" That's the essence of 
Gospel! That's "good news!" Was 
not written also, over 700 years 
fore Christ: "He was wounded for i 
transgressions. He was bi-uised for ■! 
iniquities. . . .The Lord hath laid on T. 
the iniquity of us all" (Isa. 53:5, 6 
That's Gospel! That's "good news!" 
yet farther back, — 2000 years bef 
Christ: Abraham "believed in 
Lord; and He (the Lord) counted it 
him for righteousness" (Gen. 15 
That was the Gospel of the grace 
God — that was "good news!" Or, s 
farther back — away back to the Gari 
of Eden, 4000 years before Christ: 
will put enmity between thee and 
woman, and between thy seed and 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



15 



ed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou 
alt bruise His heel" (Gen. 3:15). The 
3tory of the Seed — victory to be won 
r sinners — the devil overthrown! 
lat was the Gospel of the grace of 
)d! That was "good news!" But, does 
e proclamation of the Gospel then, 
ike everything on this side of it 
ace? No more does any proclama- 
)n of grace before the giving of the 
rmon on the Mount, make the Ser- 
Dn on the Mount, grace. "Grace," 
ys one of the three writers, "is found 

the very beginning of Matthew and 
1 through the book." And that is true, 
was grace that incarnated the Sav- 
ir in the womb of the virgin, and 
at is the first chapter of Matthew. 
e might say also that, "Grace is 
und at the very beginning of the 
lok of Ruth, and all through the 
ok." But what has that to do with 
s issue? 

An Unwarranted Attack 
It was with deep regret that we 
id in one of the three articles afore- 
mtioned, a severe criticism of a close 
rsonal friend, and a friend of the 
ethren Church — Dr. Lewis Sperry 
lafer, President of the Evangelical 
leological College, Dallas, Texas. It 
set forth that Dr. Chafer is one ot 
it "school of Bible teachers" who, as 
ividers" of the Word, wield an "in- 
lence more damaging, because taken 
)re seriously, than that of the out- 
d-out Modernists." He makes bold 

declare that Dr. Chafer is one of 
tiese interpreters, who say that the 
ispels and particularly Matthew, are 
t for us, but belong to the law per- 
1, (and who) object to Matthew on 
B ground that it places too much em- 
lasis on practical righteousness. 
fain we quote Dr. Chafer ('The King- 
m in Prophecy and History,' pg. 46) 
'The "kingdom of heaven" as an- 
unced and offered in the early part 

Matthew's Gospel is also accom- 
nied with positive demands for per- 
lal righteousness in life and conduct, 
is is not a principle of grace; it is 
ther a principle of law." 
rhen, upon the unwarranted pre- 
mption that this statement means 
it Dr. Chafer is not sympathetic 
th Matthew's "positive demands for 
rsonal righteousnes in life and con- 
ct," the writer of the article says: 
hat (Dr. Chafer's statement) is a 
•ange doctrine and a presumptuous 

im Contrary to Dr., Chafer's 

inion, the grace of Christ has a 
ictical side and insists on righteous- 
ss." We presume that the writer is 
idy to number Dr. Chafer with those 
.0 would "continue in sin that grace 
ly abound" (Rom. 6:1). We do not 
ve Dr. Chafer's book from which the 
Dtation was made. But we prophesy 
it this interpretation of his words 
mot be justified in the general teach- 
; of the book. We say this because' we 
ow Dr. Chafer. It has been our priv- 
i:e to be a guest in his home, and we 
ye had him as a frequent guest in 
! Long Beach Church; and one time 

and his vsdfe spent a week in our 



home. The sweetest fellowship was ours ! 
No man in America insists more strong- 
ly on an observation of "the positive 
demands (of the Scriptures) for per- 
sonal righteousness in life and con- 
duct." Just now, we stepped to our 
book- shelf and opened a volume from 
Dr. Chafer's pen ("He That Is Spirit- 
ual"), and almost the first words that 
greet our eyes, as if of the Lord, are 
these : 

"In the Scriptures the Christian 
is addressed as a super-natural 
man and a superhuman manner of 
life is placed before him. This is 
reasonable. Christians are citizens 
of heaven from the moment they 
are saved and it is naturally re- 
quired of them that they 'walk 
worthy of their heavenly calling.' 
From such a consistent life they 
cannot be excused. They are not 
made citizens by any manner of 
life, but being made citizens by the 
power of God, it becomes them te 
live, according to that position 
that God has given them." (Pages 
98, 99). 

Then Dr. Chafer follows with a long 
list of God's positive demands upon the 
believer for practical holiness, after 
which he concludes: 

"Though these passages present 
impossible demands upon the hu- 
man resource, God most evidently 
expects them to be realized in every 
believer's daily life. He knows 
better than we that we could never 
produce any such quality of life; 
yet He is not unreasonable in His 
expectation, since He stands ready 
to supply all He demands. The 
Spirit indwells the believer for this 
very purpose." (Page 100). 

We regret that it was left for the 
official organ of The Brethren church. 
The Brethren Evangelist, to editorially 
accuse the author of those words of so 
distorting the doctrine of the grace of 
God. It would seem that an apology is 
due to Dr. Chafer from some source. 
One thing sure, The Brethren Evan- 
gelist cannot afford to print attacks 
of this nature upon men who possess 
such clear spiritual vision, and who 
walk as uprightly in the grace of God 
as does the President of that great 
school in Dallas. 

As a matter of fact. Modernism is 
the ism that leads the rebellion today 
against the pure Gospel of the grace 
of God. That is well known to all men. 
Paul is anathema to them, although 
Paul received his Gospel directly from 
the lips of the Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 
1:11-20). Modernism ever prattles 
about "the Gospel of the Sermon on 
the Mount," which is no Gospel at all. 
This does not discredit the Sermon on 
the Mount. The Master never intended 
to give it forth as Gospel. It is the law 
— ^the perfect law of Christ. And, "the 
law is holy, and the commandment is 
holy, and just, and good" (Rom. 7:12). 
In the coming (millennial) age, men 
shall live under a perfect government 



PUBLICATION HOPES 

(Continued from page i) 
Mrs. U. J. Shively, 

President of the National W. M. S. 

About sixteen months ago we were 
told that for the pr£servation of the 
Brethren Publishing Company a mer- 
ger of The Evangelist, The Brethren 
Missionary, The Brethren Witness and 
The Woman's Outlook was very neces- 
sary This merger has had an eight 
months trial. How do we like it? What 
are our hopes for the future? 

Our Woman's Outlook fills a special 
need in the lives of our women and in 
the programs of their meetings. Now 
after this trial of eight months I think 
as I have always thought that our pub- 
lication should be separate and I HOPE 
that some time in the near future it 
may be so. For our organization there 
is no saving in money, but it is helping 
the Publishing Company. 

Several Sunday School publications 
have been discontinued because of fi- 
nancial loss to the Company. I HOPE 
that soon affairs will be so adjusted 
that again a Young People's paper will 
be printed on our own press, edited 
by our Brethren people. 

I HOPE The Evangelist will grow in 
interest and helpful information until 
the paper is a welcome visitor in every 
Brethren home. 

I HOPE every member of the Breth- 
ren Church, ministry and laity, will be 
big enough and willing to put the 
CHURCH and her interests first, per- 
sonal desires and ambitions in the 
background. 

I HOPE that soon the Publishing 
Company will have enough finances 
with which to carry on an enlarged 
program. 

The tasks of the present Publication 
Board have not been easy. I HOPE the 
hardest is over and only such plans and 
arrangements made which will have the 
approval of our Heavenly Father. 
Nappanee, Indiana. 

whose very constitution will be the 
same unexcelled law. God help us in 
this, our day, to walk as nearly as we 
can in keeping its holy precepts. And, 
as we walk in the light of its precepts, 
we shall perceive our short-comings, 
and bow our heads in shame, acknowl- 
edging our weakness ! Verily, "He that 
glorieth, let him glory in the Lord" 
(I Cor. 1:31)! 
Long Beach, California. 



GOD'S OWN 




••They are not OUR OWN," 


you 


answer; 




••They are neither kith 


nor 


kin;" 




••They are GOD'S OWN; His love \ 


alone 




Can save them from their 


iin; 


••They are CHRIST'S OWN 


He ^ 


left His throne 




And DIED their so-"' 





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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 4, 193 




Gleanings From 

Missionary Epistles 




Miss Estella Myers, Bassai, Africa, 
writes: Why the Lord saved me, I do 
not know. His kindness and your con- 
fidence and prayers give me a greater 
longing to vidn souls for our Master 
here. As long as I have life, I shall ex- 
plain the Word to these people. God 
will make it possible that they might 
have the New Tetsament, as I stay by 
it and go to the depths of the language. 
I am finding great joy in translating 
Hebrews now. Miss Byron and 1 are 
working on a dictionary also. 

Brother Jobson writes from S. S. 
"Padnsay," returning home on furlough: 
The church at Bassai was never in bet- 
ter condition than when we left it. Our 
net gain for the first six months of the 
report year was 108. Special prayer 
days, Bible reading classes, and an in- 
creased attendance indicate a new in- 
terest in spiritual things. The growth 
in grace of our older men has been es- 
pecially marked during this term. Just 
before our departure the enrollment in 
the Bible School and Vernacular Classes 
was 225, the highest number we have 
ever had. 

Brother Hathaway, our Superintend- 
ent of the African work, writes in an 
Air Mail letter (which took just 26 
days to reach us from the heart of Af- 
rica) : Everything is going nicely here, 
with the church, we believe, deepening 
in the Lord. The Lord is blessing, but, 
of course, not without difficulties. Dr. 
Gribble is still with the Merrills at the 
Bekoro Station, but will return here 
Dec. 20th, and Miss Bickel will be tak- 
en over to replace her for another two 
or three months, thus helping them 
(the Morrills) through the first diffi- 
cult part of this new work when every- 
thing is so different from what they 
have been used to. I expect to make a 
trip to the new station at the time of 
Miss Bickel's change with Dr. Gribble, 
after which we will be able to tell you 
more in detail of the Lord's work at 
that place. 

Mrs. Foster writes from Bellevue, Af- 
rica: The work is going nicely here. 
Our Sunday attendance is very good. 
We have not had less than 700 at Sun- 
day school for a long time. The chapel 
work is coming along nicely too. We 
are especially pleased at the large num- 
ber who are accepting the Gospel. Most 
of our chapels that are located at Gov- 
ernment Posts have well over a hundred 
in their Converts' Classes. Here at 
Bellevue, we have about 250 at the pres- 
ent time. Just now, we are examining 
converts for baptism, and we find it 
very interesting, indeed. We have been 
using Brother McClain's booklet to 



teach them. Brother and Sister Sheldon 
have translated it into the Gbea lang- 
uage. It has been a wonderful blessing 
to us and the people. We receive some 
very interesting answers, — some we 
never taught and are not in the book. 
We asked one man the other week, 
'Who was the Father of our Lord Je- 
sus?' He said, 'Joseph.' No, not Jo- 
seph. 'Adam.' No, not Adam. 'Well, 
then, it must be Job.' We assured him it 
was not Job, and told him he had not 
heard the affair of God very well. This 
was an extreme case on that question. 
I do believe that 75 per cent of the 
class know every verse in the book by 
heart. The great difficulty we have in 
examining the converts is to determine 
whether they have a heart knowledge of 
our blessed Lord. Some have a very 
good testimony, but many others it is 
impossible to tell whether they are 
saved or not. We must take them by 
faith. After all is said and done, it is 
a "Faith" Gospel that we preach. One 
woman has been in this class since we 
lived here at Bellevue the last time, 
and she simply cannot get it into her 
head that God is the Father of the Lord 
Jesus. Every time she is examined, she 
will say it is Joseph. Her reason is that 
Joseph took Mary; therefore he is the 
father of her child. This woman lives a 
good Christian life, and comes to church. 
Now, what would you do ? She is 
regular at the Converts' Classes, — 
more so than many who know so much 
in their heads. My dear husband said 
not long ago, 'One needs "the faith of 
Abraham, the courage of Joshua, the 
meekness of Moses, the wisdom of Solo- 
mon, the patience of Job, the strength 
of Samson and the love of the Lord" 
to work out here.' And it is only too 
true. It takes a constant leaning on the 
Lord, looking to Him, and taking from 



THE FOREIGN MISSIONARY 

SOCIETY 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

November, 1935 



fj General Fund: 

Waterloo, Iowa, per E. M. Riddle . 

Brethren Tabernacle, Erie, Pa 30.( 



.$ lO.V 



$ 40LC 



African Bible Translation Fund: 

Estate of David Augustine I26.( 

African Native Evangelist Fund: 

Wooster Brethren Missionary Society 24.( 

Kennedy Fund: 

Washington, D. C 31.! 

Waynesboro (Pa.) W. M. S I5.( 

Meyersdale, Pa l-i 

Philadeliihia (3rd) 6.( 

Berlin, Pa I.i 

Yellow Creek, Pa 1.1 

Allentown. Pa ,. . . I.i 

Waynesboro, Pa I.l 

St. James (Lydia, Md.) 20.1 

Hagerstown, Md II.' 

Linwood, Md 8.1 

Winchester, Va 6. 

Buena Vista, Va 3.; 

Roanoke, Va 16.! 

Red Hill, Va II. 

Limestone, Tenn. (W. M. 8.) 5. 

Limestone, Tenn (Sisterhood) ' 

Limestone Church II.; 

Lost Creek, Kentucky I.j 

Harrisonburg, Va 19 

Mt. Olive, Va 13. 

Maurertown, Va 14, 

Liberty, Va S. 

Trinity, Va 7. 

Cumberland, Md 3. 



215. 



Myers Fund: 

Estella Myers Personal Contribution 45, 

Nielsen Fund: 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio 5. 

Dayton, Ohio 15. 

Clayton. Ohio 5. 

Long Beach (1st) Worldwide Miss'Ty Soc'y -. 5. 

Long BeacTi (2nd) 5. 

Berne, ind 5. 

Fillmore, Calif ,... 10. 



51. 



Sheldon Fund: 

Clayton, Ohio 

Fremont, Ohio 

Dayton, Ohio 28. 

Ellet, Ohio II 

Sunshine Class (Dayton) 2. 



South American Bible and Tract Fund: 

Estate of David Augustine 125, 

South American General Fund: 

Mrs. J. J. Wolfe (North Manchester, Ind.)... 

Tyson Fund: 

Mrs. M, E. Longaker, Merchantville, N. J,... 



$692.: 

LOUIS S. BAUMAI 
Secretary -Treasure 



Him We like Brother and Sist 

Morrill very much. There is a gre 
work for them to do in the tribe 
which they are going. 



BRETHREN MISSIONARY DIRECTORY 



SOUTH AMERrCA 

ADDRESS: 433 Rivadavia, Rio Ouarto, Prov. Cord- 
oba, Argentina, South America. 

Rev. Clarence L. Sickel, Supt 

Mrs. Clarence L. Sickel. 

A D D R ESS : AI maf uerte, Prov. Cordoba, Argentine, 
South America. 

Dr. Charles F. Yoder. 

Mrs. Charles F. Yoder. 

SOUTH AMERICAN NATIONAL PASTORS 

Adolphe Zeche, Rio Cuarto. 

Domingo Reina, Tancacha &. Hernando. 

Luis Siccardi, Cabrera. 

Federico Sotola, Laboulaye. 

Riccardo E. Wagner, Bible Coach Worker. 
AFRICA 

ADDRESS: Yaloke. par Boali, par Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, Frencfi Equatorial Africa. 

Rev. John W. Hathaway, Supt. 

Mrs. John W. Hathaway. 

Dr. Florence N. Gribble. 

Miss Elizabeth S. Tyson, 

ADDRESS: Bassai, par Bozoum, par Bangui, Ou- 
bangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Rev. Orvllle D. Jobson. 



Mrs. Orville D. Jobson. 
Miss Estella Myers. 
Miss Grace Byron. 

ADDRESS: Bellevue, par Bossangoa, par Bangui, C 
bangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Rev. Joseph H. Foster. 

Mrs. Joseph H, Foster. 

Miss Florence Bickel. 

Miss Mabel Crawford. 

ADDRESS: Bekoro, par Paoua, par Bozoum, Oub; 
gui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Rev. Curtis G. Morrill. 

Mrs. Curtis G. Morrill. 

MISSIONARIES IN PREPARATION 
Rev. and Mrs. Floyd W. Taber, 23 bis rue de 
Cloud, Chatillon-sous>Bagneux, Seine, France. 

MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH 
Rev. Chauncey B. Sheldon, en route to Africa. 
Mrs. Chauncey B. Sheldon, en route to Afrira. 
Miss Mary E. Emmert, Dallas Center, Iowa. 
Mrs. Wilhelmina Kennedy. R. F. D.. Hatboro, Pa, 
Miss Johanna Nielsen, 1819 Pine Ave., Lting Beat 
Calif. 



January 4, 1936 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



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THE CRYING ROCKS 

Every once in a while something is 
discovered that makes evolution ridicul- 
ous, yet the poor blinded world cannot 
see the light even when it is almost 
forced upon it. Some time ago scient- 
ists discovered the pieLuie of a huge 
dinosaur carved by some ancient man 
upon the rock walls of a canyon in Ari- 
zona. It was ""ne first picture of a liv- 
ing dinosaur that man today has ever 
looked upon. All that scientists knew 
about dinosaurs was from the remains 
of their bones, and their huge foot 
prints which have been preserved in the 
fossils of the earth. The dinosaur, it 
might be said, was a monster lizard-like 
animal, sometimes becoming as large as 
200 feet long. Hitherto scientists have 
boldly declared that no man ever saw a 
dinosaur, because they claim that the 
dinosaur was already extinct about ten 
million years before man appeared on 
the earth. But this picture of a living 
dinosaur engraved on the rocks in Ari- 
zona proves that the man who carved 
that picture actually saw a living din- 
osaur, or he could not have carved its 
likeness. Further proof that the ancient 
man who carved the picture, actually 
saw a living dinosaur results from the 
fact that fossil foot prints of dinosaurs 
were found near the canyon where the 
picture is. 

It is said that scientists throughout 
the world are much pei-plexed about 
this discovery, and well they might be. 
It absolutely shatters their theories of 
evolution and life upon this earth. Thus 
once more the very rocks are crying out 
in defense of God's Holy Word, which 
declares that all animals and man were 
upon the earth at thei same time. 

• — Watch and Pray. 



NOTHING LEFT 

A business man came home one day, 
and threw himself down on a sofa in 
ihis house and said, "Well, everything 
is gone." They said, "What do you 
mean?" "Oh," he replied, "we have 
had to suspend payment; our business 
has gone to pieces — nothing left." His 
ilittle girl bounded from the other side 
fof the room, and said, "Father, you 
have me left." And his wife, who had 
iieen very sympathetic and helpful, 
:came up and said, "Well, dear husband, 
you have me left." And the old grand- 
mother seated in a corner of the room, 
iput up her spectacles on her wrinkled 
forehead, and said, "My son, you have 
all the promises of God left." Then 
the merchant burst into tears, and said, 
'What an ungrateful man I am. I find 
bhere are many good things left to me. 
God forgive me." — From the Sunday at 
IHome. 



"CAN ANYBODY TELL ME 
WHO I AM?" 

One of the unhappiest men in the 
vvorld today, was once a member of the 
American Expeditionary Force. He was 
Dlown up by a shell in France, when, 
act only did he lose the sight of his 
iyes and the movement of many of his 



limbs, but also found the whole past 
completely blotted from his mind. Of 
his home, his parentage, his boyhood, 
his friends, not one memory remained 
to him. 

After the War he determined to comb 
the American continent from one end 
to the other, in the hope of finding 
someone who would recognize him. He 
wanders — for he may be wandering still 
— from state to state throughout the 
Union, and, in any place where there is 
a branch of the American Legion, he 
begs that a meeting of the members 
may be called. He will not keep them 
long; he has just one question to ask. 

The question is always the same. 
When the hall is full, he shuffles to the 
front of the platform, and, throwing 
up his sightless eyes, he cries his pa- 
thetic question: "Can anybody tell me 
who I am?" His story is a parable, for 
his question is the question of human- 
ity. Soon or late every man asks: 
"Can anybody tell me who, or what, I 
am?" Happy the man who comes across 
one who can give him the Christian an- 
swer. — Rev. F. A. Iremonger. 



WHERE DEATH IS A NECESSARY 
QUALIFICATION FOR SERVICE! 

A young man surrendered himself to 
Christ for service in India. A friend 
said: "Isn't it dangerous to go so far 
away from civilization, where you will 
have no help and no medicine in sick- 
ness? Aren't you afraid you'll die?" 
"I died when I decided to go," said the 
young missionary. 



VOLUNTEERS TO THE FRONT 

A general asked a certain soldier 
standing in the front rank: "Friend, 
what would you do if during a war yon- 
der bridge would have to be taken, al- 
though it lie under the mouths of the 
enemy's cannon, and, as only a few 
soldiers could advance at the same time, 
the order were given: "Volunteers to the 
front!" "I would quickly jump to one 
side to let the volunteers pass," he ans- 
wered. How many of us have acted so 
when a piece of work requiring self- 
sacrifice was expected of God's chil- 
dren! — From the Expositor. 



Mis.s Grace Byron, just returned to 
Bassai Station from her furlough, 
writes: "I wish you might have at- 
tended the native service Sunday, when 
they brought their thankoffering of 25 
bushels of peanuts. To see the women 
march down the aisle, carrying bas- 
kets of peanuts on their heads (and 
some carried their babies on their hips) 
and place their offerings in front of the 
pulpit, was very impressive, — not giv- 
ing of their riches, but out of their pov- 
erty. Only two of the women wore 
clothes. Clothes were not their first 
thought, but giving to the Lord. It 
means much to give of their food, for 
many times they are hungry before the 
next crop is harvested." 



DYING 

Bit Martlva Snell Niclwlson 
What is it like, this dying? 
O soul, it is wings, and flying, 

Light, and an end of groping, 
End of the heart's deep hoping. 

End of the spirit's longing, — 
Dreams come true in the dawning! 

Living, I taste God's Grace, — 
Dying,— I see His face! 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




MEXICO AND CORINTH 
CHURCHES 

The Corinth Brethren Church en- 
joyed a Revival from Oct. 28th to Nov. 
10th, with Rev. Sylvester Whetstone as 
Evangelist. Rev. Whetstone needs no 
introduction to the Brotherhood as he 
has held many prominent churches with 
success. His preaching was true to the 
Word, clear in its presentation and 
forceful. He adapted the change from 
city to country life in a splendid way. 
The meeting was morei or less a treat 
to him in that he met some of his boy- 
hood chums which he had not seen for 
25 years, also his Uncle and Aunt 
who are residents of the Home here 
at Mexico. Through his pleasing per- 
sonality many friends were made for 
the church. Some new homes were en- 



tered and contacts made which will 
prove helpful to the future work. 

The immediate results were 6 added 
to the church by baptism. Another has 
made confession but has not as yet been 
received. There was one mother among 
the list while the rest were children 
and young people. The attendance was 
good throughout in spite of some in- 
clement weather which always effects 
the attendance here. 

The Mexico Revival began Dec. 2 and 
continued for two weeks with Rev. 
Claude Studebaker as Evangelist. Rev. 
Studebaker held the meeting here last 
year and won such a place in the hearts 
of the people that they called him 
again this year." This is the third meet- 
ing the pastor has had with him as 
evangelist. Each time the fellowship 
was one of mutual love and feeling. 
Brother Studebaker preaches with force 
and positiveness declaring in the spirit 



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January 4, 1936 



of love God's Redeeming Grace. He is 
one Evangelist that cannot be worked 
too hard. During the two weeks he de- 
livered 16 sermons, 18 sermonettes and 
entered with the pastor into 90 homes. 
Besides the regular sermons in the 
church he spoke before the High school, 
Old Folks Home, S. M. M., W. M. S., 
Baptists Ladies Aid, and in each busi- 
ness place of the village. These morn- 
ing meetings in the various business 
places gave him an opportunity to pre- 
sent the Gospel to a group that seldom 
enter the church. 

The Baptist church in the village is 
the smallest of the four denominations 
and although they maintain a Sunday 
school they have had no regular preach- 
ing services. So our church extended to 
them an invitation to join in the cam- 
paign. They graciously accepted and 
manifested a fine Christian spirit 
throughout. We were privileged to en- 
ter most of their homes as well as many 
homes of our own people. 

Nine were baptized as a result of the 
meeting. Seven of these have united 
with our church and one will come by 
relation. One will go into the church of 
the Brethren and one into the Baptist 
church. Two others have promised to 
unite with the Baptist church in the 
near future. These were heads of fam- 
ilies. 

There are many others in the com- 
munity this church might win, at least 
as members, if we were to let down the 
bars, but we are standing as a whole 
Gospel church placing our emphasis on 
a deep spiritual experience and shun- 
ning all worldliness. Brother Studebak- 
ers messages and contacts in the var- 
ious homes has helped us wonderfully to 
maintain this standard. 

We believe, that although we may 
not be able to receive as many into the 
church with such a program, that those 
who do come will be a real blessing 
to us. We believe that, not numbers, 
but consecrated, obedient children are 
the power of the church. Our two years 
ministry has been one of laying such a 
foundation. The growth will come in 
God's appointed time. Our aim has been 
to be faithful. God will bring the har- 
vest in His good time and way. To Him 
be all the Glory. 

The Pastor, L. V. KING. 



MEETING AT MEXICO, IND. 

We spent a pleasant two weeks at 
this homey little town located along the 
Eel river a few miles north of Peru, 
in a prosperous agricultural section of 
the state. Seems to me northern In- 
diana and Ohio have the finest com- 
bination of city and country life with 
every country road surfaced. Many of 
the fine farming sections of the country 
have dirt roads, and some rain makes 
a great difference in church attendance, 
but not so there. Weather may interfere 
some but it is very unusual if the 
roads keep folks away. Last year we 
spent two weeks with them in Janu- 
ary, so we felt quite well acquainted to 
begin. This was also our third meeting 



with Rev. King, as pastor, and it is 
like a visit back home to be in their 
lovely home with those five fine girls 
who feel almost like part of my family 
now. Rev. King is a congenial pastor 
and fellowworker and knows who and 
where the prospects are, by his survey. 
Mrs. King is a lovely "Queen of the 
Manse," so our visit could hardly have 
been more pleasant from the pastor and 
evangelist viewpoint. 

We had our home in the lovely coun- 
try home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bond 
and daughter, Vernice. Everything pos- 
sible was done for our comfort and 
pleasure. We lived in their home last 
year so we felt right at home indeed. 

We took noonday dinners in the var- 
ious homes, and it was too bad that we 
could not enjoy many more who grac- 
iously invited us, for it was a real joy 
to be in these fine christian homes. 

This is the home of our esteemed 
brother Rev. L. W. Ditch, whose fellow- 
ship we greatly enjoyed. A more grac- 
ious Christian spirit I have never 
known. I trust I may grow old as 
sweetly. 

Our crowds were good and very ap- 
preciative. The Baptist church cooper- 
ated in the meeting of the finest Chris- 
tian spirit. They were invited by our 
people, as they have no pastor, and 
seemed to get great blessing by shar- 
ing in this meeting. 

Seems to me the result was all we 
could reasonably expect. Very few who 
were not Christians attended the meet- 
ings, most of these were reached. We 
had a full program, a twenty minute 
service in the various business houses 
in the morning, a Bible reading and 
study, which covered the Epistle to the 
Ephesians, which was read and reread 
by 40 people and committed to memory 
by Miss Bernice Berkheiser. 

We appreciate the visiting Brethren 
from various nearby churches. Rev. C. 
Y. Gilmer, the new pastor at Loree, 
where we held meetings the two prev- 
ious years, and of course knew the fine 
delegation of more than 50 people who 
came and was so delighted to see them. 
Rev. Tinkle, Denver, with a number of 
his people. Rev. Vanator of Peru, with 
whom we have had some pleasant as- 
sociation. Rev. Pontius, of Roann, with 
whom we held a fine meeting at Clay- 
ton, Ohio, and hope to again sometime 
as both have urgently invited us, but 
have not been able to so arrange. The 
Corinth church, which Rev. King serves 
also, had a number of representatives. 
The Church of the Brethren which has 
a large congregation here, also an Old 
Folks' Home and an Orphanage took 
quite an interest in the meeting. We 
would indeed be glad to hold a joint 
meeting for the two churches some time. 
This church is so very dear to me by 
ties of blood as well as history and doc- 
trine that it seems to me there should 
be a much closer cooperation in many 
places to the advantage of both church- 
es and to the great glory of God. 

"We had a good meeting. It was in- 
deed a joy to fellowship with this fine 
group of people again. We thank every- 



one for their indulgent kindness and 
pray that God may richly bless both 
pastor and people in their labor to 
edify the church. 

Pittsburgh — During our absence Rev. 
W. G. Gans, Rev. M. C. Meyers and 
wife filled the pulpit. All are mem- 
bers of the church here. I really do not 
know how long since we reported from 
this church. Seems to me I never have 
anything so very startling to report. 
There is so much room for improve- 
ment that our gains seem rather medio- 
cre compared with possibilities. We 
have had the largest Bible study and 
prayer group ever, but so many we have 
not interested that I would be glad for 
some one to instruct me how to get 
the many interested in prayer and Bi- 
ble study. Our Sunday school has made 
some commendable records. Our new 
superintendent is H. A. Krissinger. God 
has richly endowed him with spiritual 
gifts, though his body is not so rug- 
ged. We pray God may strengthen and 
bless him in body as well as spiritual 
strength. The W. M. S. carries on in a 
splendid way under the leadership of 
Mrs J. A Rishel 

A week's Bible conference with Dr. 
K. M. Monroe as the principal guest 
speaker during the Thanksgiving week 
was enjoyed by our people. Though a' 
new experience for this church, we be- 
lieve it will become a regular feature 
of our work. The Christmas season witl 
its special programs, exchange of greet- 
ings and the beginning of a new yea}] 
is here. This means our annual mealing 
with reports, election of officers, call 
ing of a pastor, etc., all regular items 
of business. We expect good reports snc 
hope for a much better year in 1936, il 
God gives us another year, if not w( 
want to be found faithful when ouj 
Lord comes. We rejoice in every gaii 
for Christ and his church and shar( 
with you our prayers and ask tha 
kindly interest of you. 

CLAUD STUDEBAKET 

5000 Dearborn St. 

Pittsburgs, Pa 



IN THE GARDEN 
(Written by Dr. Lyman M. Denton a 
midnight in the garden where our Lore 
prayed before he went . to the Cross) 

'Twos such a midnight hour as this en 

Olive's brow, 
Our Lord and Saviour, knelt alone ft 

pray. 
Was it beneath this gnarled tre,e o: 

this 
The tangled shadows fell across hi 

way. 

To share the vigil of that lonely howr 
I now draw near the sacred place. 
Not to behold his tears and agony 
But see the look of triumph in Hi 

face. 
With contrite heart I bow my hnee t 

earth 

And in the stillness like a sleeping seo 
Rededicate myself and all m^i powers 
To Him who drank the cup of death fa 

me. 



iJanuary 4, 1936 

REVIVAL AT MUNCIE, IND. 

On Wednesday evening, Dec. 18th, 
we closed a series of Revival meetingF. 
Brother Benshoff of Waynesboro, Pa., 
was our Evangelist. We had long 
looked forward to this Revival. It was 
last winter before Easter time that we, 
after two other attempts, gained Broil- 
er Benshoff's consent to come here and 
lead us in a Revival. We made outward 
preparation, and we prayed much in 
regular mid-week sei-vices and in Fri- 
day evening cottage prayer meetings. 
On the Sunday morning preceding our 
Evangelist's coming, the entire attend- 
ing congregation, including the choir, 
gathered before the pulpit in reconse- 
cration and prayer. Each house within 
a considerable radius from the church 
had been visited, and a circular placed 
in the hand of the person opening tlie 
door, while a personal invitation to at- 
tend our meetings was given. 

During the course of our meetings, 
fourteen made the good confession. Of 
these fourteen, one was a twelve year 
old girl, eleven were boys, and two were 
mature men. Since the writer has been 
pastor here, the additions to the church 
have been predominantly men and boys. 

So far only four of this group have 
been baptized. The same difficulty has 
manifested itself which has been very 
noticeable in the past. Thirty to thirty- 
five per cent of our Sunday school at- 
tendance is made up of young people 
and adults, the remainder is made up of 
Beginners, Primaries, Juniors, and In- 
tennediates. Of these younger people 
and children, only a comparative few 
come from Christian families. Our dif- 
ficulty arises when these children com- 
ing from unchristian homes seek bap- 
tism. They either have no encourage- 
ment or no consent at home. Some of 
the parents will not even invite the vis- 
iting minister into their homes to dis- 
cuss the matter, but turn him away as 
though he were a common peddler. This 
is ti-uly a mission field in some re- 
spects. Some could not come to baptism 
because of sickness and distance and 
cold weather. However, more will be 
baptized. 

The church has been greatly benefit- 
ted and blessed by these meetings. 
Brother Benshoff preached "power-full" 
sermons and presented fine Bible stud- 
ies. He was greatly liked by our peo- 
ple, and his service among us will be 
long remembered. His standing in the 
denomination was recognized. His gen- 
tility and sociability were appreciated. 
A. number have remarked that we 
should invite him to labor among us 
next year to reap what was sown this 
jrear. We thank you. Brother Benshoff. 
We thank you, too, First Brethren 
Church of Waynesboro, for letting us 
liave your pastor for a time. 

The field was hard, the time close to 
Christmas, the labors were arduous, 
therefore, the accomplishments have 
been the greater. We saw two men, for 
(vhom the praying members of our 
Church have prayed a great deal, find 
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we saw definite prayer answered in less erwise these are but regular services in 

than two hours. The Lord Jesus Christ the church. In all this time I have not 

was always near and the Holy Spirit delivered a single political, economic 

was always hovering over and speak- or other secular address either inside or 

ing withm. Yes, we had a "reviving." outside the church. I have followed the 

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to policy of never speaking unless I can 

receive power, and riches, and wisdom, definitely present Jesus Christ directly 

and strength, and honor, and glory, and from God's Word. 

'^l^'^'sing Blessing, and honor, and Bible School 

glory, and power be unto Him that sit- About 250 of the above lectures were 

teth upon the throne, and unto the delivered to the classes of the Whittier 

Lamb for ever and ever." Evening Bible School which organiza- 

DELBERT B. FLORA, Pastor tion has been greatly blessed of the 

Muncie, Ind. Lord. Classes have been taught by those 

• both inside and outside of our church. 

FORT SCOTT, KANSAS About 300 credits have been issued. The 

Rrptlivpr, Tr„or,„^i,-„*- n 1 • *^° classes which I have taught this 

mov nl .In.. InlP^ A, TJ^ , '" semester have had a combined attend- 

movmg along splendidly as per the plan ^nce of over 100. 

re^^ar t,^[ "^-^ ^"^"^^"^,^ ^^^j}^ Our Sunday School also gives us i-eal 

Chritmas nTo-^ '' '''^'f!?- J^^ cause for thanks to the Lofd. Below is 

Sr stl! X^ ? '°f ''^.t'* "^ ^ the record of the average attendance for 

Christmas play put on by the young the last seven years, 

people and Sunday school on Sunday 1929 107 

evening, Dec. 22nd, appreciated by a inon \A 

^"!j,^°"-v .., ■ 193? :.■.•.■;:::.■::.■:::::.■:: m 

Ihe visiting ministers who bring the 1932 2O8 

messages from time to time have all 1933 225 

complimented our young people for 1934 298 

their efficiency and faithfulness in the 1935 3^9 

Zf'nn?''''l°'' ^ ^"- ^^f *° fP°'^ For the' last quarter our church serv- 

conlp.nir '' "'°''"'^ ^"'^^''^ '" ^ i^es according to the count of the ush- 

commendable way. 1. 1 nnr- ■ ii 

A„ + •' ,.,. . ers, have averaged 265 in the morning 

nrf^L w""^ ""^"t '=°"''^ti°"' '^ 1^ ™- and 259 in the evening, 

proved. However I am unable to under- c. E. Societies 

^.ZcTZ -f,^ fV"'^ l\ y^*- ^"* We have organized four new societies 

expect to m the not far off future. i„ the last four years. This makes a 

Jl" '°™'' /"^ P"* °"^ total of seven societies. We now have 

over on me m regard to the card a General Superintendent over the 

shower on my birthday, as I received christian Endeavor the same as the 

ftft ? n .^ "^T ^'?? ^"^^^^^ Sunday School. According to his record, 

states, all the way from Virginia to the total attendance of the societies 

Cahforma It was a complete surprise for the last year has averaged 131. 

suc^ess^" '^''"' " ^ ^"^'^ ^•■^y*'" Meetings 

■„, ,■ , . , , These are a source of constant joy 

griltin ""^ ''^'''''' "'^"^ ^ ^ ^^ ^""^ P°^^^'- With about one hundred 

T •^■, , , , , . people on Wednesday evenings, the time 

1 wish to take this opportunity to jg gpent mostly in praise, testimony and 

express our deepest appreciation for go^g 

all these tokens of remembrances in as a special record has been kept of all 

im^'^ossfble^ personal reply to each is requests brought to the Lord in inter- 

P V ■ TT- cession at a Tuesday morning meeting 

Yours m His Name, f^j. the last several years. To go back 

V, T WOOD gj^jj re&d these requests, will certainly 

615 bouth Lowman St. convince any skeptic of the power of 

Fort Scott, Kansas prayer. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. We praise God for the interest in 

Greetings from the Whittier Church: Foreign missions which He has given 

Our hearts are filled to overflowing this church. In the last seven years, 

as we think of the marvelous blessings the total amount given to this work is 

which have been ours in this church. $12,337.95. 

Truly the Lord has heaped these bless- Although we do not have figures for 

ings upon us. The entire congregation Home Missions available, we can say 

feels with the Psalmist, "Bless the Lord that the interest and gifts are increas- 

O my soul, let all that is within me ing. The last Home Missions offering 

praise his Holy Name." at Thanksgiving was $1,004.15. 

Since I am to leave the pastorate of Young Men 

the Whittier church, I am giving here a The Lord has called four of our 

brief report of some of the things young men into His service. Two of 

which have happened in the last seven these are now student pastors near 

years. Ashland. One was graduated last June 

Sermons and Addresses from Ashland Seminary and is giving 

During my term of service here, I his full time to a new congregation. The 

have delivered about 1850 sermons, ad- other is in preparation at Ashland, 

dresses and lectures of various kinds. Mabel Crawford 

This number includes several Bible Miss Mabel Crawford, who was in 
*^'iS^ffrfi^fl"*^f¥ff^r'i^R'^^'l9H?r2r^*P^'^^*'°" ^°' ^^^ Mission field be- 

Ashiand, Ohio 



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January 4, 193( 



NONE TOO SOON 

to begin to think about "Publication 
Day" and the offering for our publish- 
ing interests. January 26, the last Sun- 
day of the month, is the day designated 
by National Conference as the time for 
receiving gifts for the Publishing Com- 
pany. Won't you pray very definitely 
that the Lord may have His way this 
year? 



fore I became the pastor at Whittier 
has now spent several years as a mis- 
sionary in French Equatorial Africa. 
The congregation has felt her influ- 
ence and enthusiasm for missions. The 
people have felt it a great privilege 
to have a member serving the Lord in 
the dark continent. 

W. M. S. 

A Woman's Missionary Society was 
organized about four years ago, with a 
present membership of 50. This is a 
very live work. Two Sisterhoods are 
also responsible for a real work which 
is being done among the girls. Inter- 
esting and well-attended meetings are 
held regularly which result in real 
growth in Grace. 

Free .af Debt 

A new unit with 3,600 square feet 
was added to the building in 1934, at a 
cost of $3,700.00 besides a large amount 
of donated labor. The building is now 
completely paid for and there are no 
other debts against the congregation. 

Membership 

In the last seven years 245 have been 
added to the membei'sliip of the church 
by baptism, 49 by letter, total 294; 113 
have been lost by death, letter and 
dropping from the roll. The present 
total membership is 389. 

Brother Charles H. Ashman has ac- 
cepted the call to the Whittier church 
and plans to begin his work on Jan. 
1. May the Lord truly continue His 
blessing upon this congregation. 

As I leave the place of pastor of this 
church, I find it exceedingly difficult 
to break away. Precious ties are not 
easily severed. Our whole family has 
been closely knit with the lives of the 
people of this congregation. But we all 
look for the blessed hope when we shall 
be gathered together unto Him. Then 
there will be no separation. , 

The congregation met together for a 
very large reception in the church base- 
ment on the evening of December 6. 
They certainly did shower their kind- 
nesses upon us in the form of real 
practical gifts. These included a fine 
new wool blanket, a new Remington 
typewriter and a shower of 78 one dol- 
lar bills. 

As we leave this congregation, many 
precious memories will be ours for 
eternity. Our fellowship has been as 
near perfect as we ever expect to en- 
joy in this life. May the Lord continue 
to bless the Whittier church! 

CHAS. W. MAYES. 



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for Sunday school supplies that we are entirely sold out of 
"The Bible Class Quarterly." We still have about 250 each 
of Youths and Boys and Girls quarterlies. These should be 
sufficient to meet the needs for this quarter. This is anoth- 
er reminder that it is wise to get orders for Sunday school 
supplies in early. 



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Vol. LVIII, No. 2 



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January 11, 1936 



The 



LanstrK, 111. 




THREN 



EVANGELI 




WOMAN'S OUTLOOK NUMBER 




s 




"You have never stood in the darkness, 

You do- not, know its awe; 
On your land a great light shineth, 

Which long ago you saw. 
For the Light of the World we ash you, 

We plead for the Book which shows 
he way to win to His footstool, 

Which only the white man knows." 



voice from out of the da/rkness, ^^^_ 

cry of a soul in pain! 
May it ring as the blast of clarion, 

Nor call God's hosts in vain! 
By the pierced hand which saved us. 

Let ours do their work today. 
Till from those who triemble in darkness 

The shadows are swept away. 

E. E. Maxwell 




THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 11, 193i 



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God." But the real point is that som 
men thought they were righteous, an 
for such men the Son of God has n 
ministry at all. He came to save sir 
ners. 



Signs of the Times 

By Alva J. McClain 



S 



LANDERING God. 



Sometimes men fall into the error of 
saying that God always gives man ex- 
actly what he deserves. And it is true 
that "whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he also reap." But the harvest, 
at its very worst, is never exactly what 
the sower deserves. It is always tem- 
pered somewhat by grace. If God al- 
ways gave us exactly what we deserve, 
nothing else and nothing more, we 
would all be in hell at this moment. No 
matter how bad our present situation 
may be, no matter how much of dis- 
tress and persecution we have suffered, 
it is forever true that "He hath not 
dealt with us after our sins, nor re- 
warded us according to our iniquities" 
(Psa. 103:10). 



we must have, is not a "square deal" 
but a gracious deal from God. Only 
one man, in all of human history, re- 
ceived a "square deal" from a holy God 
in His dealing with sin. When our 
Lord Jesus Christ took upon Himself 
our sin. He suffered the exact penalty 
that sin merited. He received, not 
what He deserved, but exactly what we 
deserved. "The Lord hath laid on Him 
the iniquity of us all" 'Isa. 53:6). There- 
fore, in grace He is able to give us 
what we do not deserve. We have no 
other plea. 



J\ SQUARE Deal From God. 

Once while talking with a man about 
his personal relation to God through 
Jesus Christ, he suddenly lashed back 
at me with these words, "All I ask from 
God is a square deaL" 

During my lifetime, I have heard men 
ask God for many different things, 
some good, some bad, some indifferent. 
But the request of this man, I think, 
was the most dreadful thing I ever 
heard a man ask of God. Think of it: a 
sinner asking a holy God for a "square 
deal"! Probably the kindest thing to 
be said of such a petitioner is, "Ye 
know not what ye ask." 

As sinful men, what we need, what 



IhB Sin Which is Hopeless. 

To ask God for a "square deal" is a 
revelation of human character. It indi- 
cates a certain curious blindness to 
personal sin and a fatuous trust in 
personal goodness. This is the sin of 
self-righteousness, a sin that actually 
shuts the door of the soul against a God 
of grace who is our only hope. For this 
reason our Lord was more concerned 
about this sin than even about the 
grosser immoralities, saying to the 
most strictly religious men of His day, 
"The publicans and the harlots go into 
the Kingdom of God before you" (Matt. 
21:31). It was not that immorality is 
somehow more acceptable to God than 
morality, but rather that God can do 
nothing at all for the man who trusts 
in his own righteousness, as the moral 
and religious man often does. 

There is a terrible divine irony in the 
words of Christ, "They that are whole 
(strong) have no need of the physician; 
but they that are sick. I came not to 
call the righteous, but sinners to re- 
pentance" (Mark 2:17). We are not to 
suppose that our Lord admitted that 
some men were so righteous that they 
needed no repentance, for "all have 
sinned and come short of the glory of 



G 



ENERAL Sherman Was Wrong, j 
It is a common habit of the humal 
race, and especially of us preachers, t 
go on repeating the supposedly wis 
sayings of our great men without eve 
stopping to inquire whether they b 
true. Many a hoary proverb will nc 
stand the cold light of critical exan 
ination. I do not suppose, for exampL 
that a sermon or an address agains 
war was ever delivered in modem daj 
that the speaker somewhere did nc 
quote the colorful remark of Gener; 
Sherman, "WAR IS HELL." I myse 
have been guilty of repeating it. 

But Sherman was wrong. War is 
terible curse and scourge of the huma 
race. It is scarcely possible with mea 
words to picture the ruin and degradi 

(Continued on page 8) 



A Little Child 

Shall Lead Them 

This has proven true so many 
times. Will it prove true in con- 
nection with the Publication Day 
offering? Will the spirit of self- 
forgetfulness that characterizes 
children be manifest in our giving 
on January 26? 

Just the other day a boy ten 
years of age, a bay who somehow 
had sensed the real need of the 
Publishing Company, came to the 
office and asked the privilege of 
making a gift for the work of our 
publishing interests. The gift was 
graciously received. The gift was 
made out of his own possessions, 
what he had saved, and was what 
most folks would call a sacrifice. 
If one is permitted to judge from 
the light which beamed from this 
boy's face, he did not count this 
gift a sacrifice but a real joy, 
and ithis gift meant more in dol- 
lars and cents when measured by 
his possessions, than what is us- 
ually given by many who are 
much older in years and much 
richerJnjthis JEorld!s_goods. What 
" a wonderful thing if all of us old- 
er folks manifested this same 
spirit! May the example of this 
boy stimulate our giving on Pub- 
lication Day and may the real joy 
that is his be ours. This will mean 
a gift really worthwhile and a 
gift the Lord will bless and use. 

Since writing the above this 
sarnie boy has sent another gift 
for the work of our publisMng in- 
terests. 



rWO VIEWPOINTS 

In the past generation we have seen two separ- 
ate and distinct viewpoints held by those who pro- 
fess Christianity. The one viewpoint is held by those 
fpho think that Christianity should have for its pur- 
pose the ushering in of a new social order. They 
smphasize the social principles of Christ rather than 
His Person. They propose to change and control the 
social affairs of the world. 

The other viewpoint is held by those who believe 
that the task of the Church is outlined in the Bible, 
rherefore the primary work of the Church is not 
to make a new social order, but to tell men the story 
of salvation. When the story of salvation is heard, 
heeded, believed and obeyed, social conditions will 
naturally improve. 

SUCCESS OR FAILURE 

For a couple of generations those who have held 
the former viewpoint have seemed to be in the ma- 
jority. They have been laboring with the utmost 
care to bring in a new social order. The success or 
failure of the venture can easily be tested by the re- 
sults today. The more professing Christians have 
tried to make a new social order, the more compli- 
cated the problems have become. The more men 
have tried to "clean up society," the more there is to 
be "cleaned up." 

Perhaps saddest of all, we discover that the more 
men have labored to bring in a new social order, the 
more ignorant the masses have become concerning 
the simple truths of salvation. Where is the sense of 
sin today? Where is the acknowledgement of the 
need of repentance? Where is the reverence for 
Christ which all men, whether saved or unsaved 
should have? 

THE BRETHREN VIEWPOINT 

The Brethren Church has always held the view- 
point that Christ came into the world to seek and 
to save that which was lost. She has staid close to 
the teaching of the Word of God that all men are 
sinners and that no man can live for God until he 
is first alive in Christ Jesus. She has also held 
that the primary work of the Church is not to bring 
in some new social order but that the Gospel of 
salvation must be presented. When men have faith 
and walk in the way of the Lord, social conditions 
will improve. 

EVANGELIST OF 1912 

In looking at the files of some of the old EVAN- 
GELISTS, the editor noticed in the issue of April 



10, 1912 the following significant statement, appar- 
ently written by the late Dr. A. D. Gnagey, who was 
then the editor of the magazine. 

"It is the duty of the Christian church to make 
known Jesus Christ, to carry the blessed Gospel 
of salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth, to 
urge men and women to accept Christ as their Sav- 
ior and to build up for herself a membership strong 
in her most holy faith, pure and undefiled, and 
unspotted from the world. Having done this, the 
pi^oblems of society will be solved, even if uncon- 
sciously solved. It is the only way Christ ever at- 
tempted to solve such problems. It is not the busi- 
ness of the church to solve the problems of society. 
IT IS THE DUTY OF THE CHURCH TO DO HER 
MASTER'S WILL, TO DO THE WORK FOR 
WHICH CHRIST PLACED HER IN THE WORLD, 
AND HAVING DONE THIS THE PROBLEMS OF 
SOCIETY WILL SOLVE THEMSELVES. ... She 
has one message ; it is the voice of the Master speak- 
ing through her, 'Ye must be born again'." 

OUR POLICY 

It shall be the policy of the present editor to do 
all within his power to keep the Brethren Evangel- 
ist standing on this very important issue just where 
it stood in 1912 as well as the years before that 
time. Any other viewpoint would be compromise 
with the passing philosophies of the religions of 
men. 



IN THIS NUMBER 



Signs of the Times— A. J McClain 2 

Editorials 3, 4 

The Book of Jude— A V. Kimmell 5 

Starting the New Year Right — J. R. Klingensmith 6 

Sinfulness of Sin— Wm H. Schaffer 7 

What I Expect of the Pastor — ^Vernon Schrock 8 

Palestine — G. C. Carpenter 9 

The Quiet Hour— A. R. Wells 10 

We Choose Christ — Rose A. Wills 10 

Poem — Anga Garber H 

News From the Field 11-12 

The Missionary's Contribution to a Christian America . . 13 

W M. S. Program Material 14-18 

Journeying in the Eastern Sudan 18 

Across Africa on a Lorry 20 

Signal Lights Department 22 

W. M. S. Information 23-25 

Come With Me to the Kentucky Mountains 26 

Are You Climbing with Us 29 

Sisterhood Programs 30-32 

S M. M. Information • 32-36 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 11, 193 



AS THE ATHEIST SEES IT 

Professing Christianity is being watched more 
closely by the atheists than we might suspect. They 
have the various groups and viewpoints well classi- 
fied. The following is a statement issued by the 
American Association for the Advancement of Athe- 
ism shortly after observing a certain large conven- 
tion held by a certain large denomination. 

"Much as we dislike modernists because of their 
illogical compromising', we must recognize that for 
many, modernism is but a stop-over on the road to 
atheism. Perhaps we should have a little more pa- 
tience with these our weaker brothers who are un- 
able to go straight from orthodoxy to atheism with- 
out resting at the camps of liberalism along the way. 
Modernism being no abiding place for the reason- 
ing mind, some of them will yet arrive." 

This is certainly a strong accusation against those 
who hold the modernistic viewpoint. 

The atheist realizes the fact that to claim that 
a part of the Bible is authentic and a part untrue, is 
far from a logical viewpoint. They can see that it 
must be either believed in its entirety or rejected in 
its intirety. 

EARTHQUAKES 

When seventeen states in the eastern part of the 
continent felt the shaking of the earth about two 
months ago, considerable public interest was mani- 
fested as to the probable outcome of a major quake. 
It is but natural to wonder what might happen. So 
people began to talk as they always do. 

What would happen to the high buildings of New 
York city in case of a great earthquake ? What would 
be the awful toll of human life in case of such a 
catastrophe ? 

In the midst of such questions, an eminent en- 
gineer spoke out to quiet all fears. Of course the 
newspapers sent out his assuring pronouncement 
everywhere, "We can safely say no conceivable 
earthquake could jar these buildings enough to cause 
any damage." It was stated further in newspaper re- 
ports that the modern skyscrapers would weather 
the worst shocks easily because of their steel and 
concrete construction. 

Of course, those who put faith in the wisdom of 
men will accept this as final. A great engineer can- 
not be mistaken! Some also who deny with the 
twist of the wrist all prophecy both fulfilled and un- 
fulfilled in the Bible, will nevertheless accept the 
pronouncement of this prophet. In other words some 
people will beheve the prophet who tells what they 
want to hear. But the Bible tells what will come to 
pass whether men welcome such things or not.- 

It will be enlightening to read in the last book of 
the Bible the information that when God pours out 
his judgments on the earth, earthquakes are to be 
of such large proportions that the cities of the na- 
tions will fall. (Rev. 16:18-19). Perhaps New York, 



Editorial Notes 



WE ARE PLEASED to announce that with the issue o 
The Evangelist under date of January 25, Dr. Louis S. Bau 
man will begin a series of articles on prophetic subjects 
These articles will appear each month in the fourth issue 
Those who do not now subscribe for this number of Th 
Evangelist will miss something. However, it is not too lat 
to subscribe for that particular number and thereby re 
ceive the first of the series. Fifty cents will put you on th 
mailing list for that number. 

EVERY CHURCH should give prayerful consideration t 
the Publication Day offering which is scheduled for Januar 
26th. Let this be made a matter of prayer at the mid-wee 
and special prayer groups. There will be no doubt about tli 
future success of our Publications if we are faithful i 
prayer. 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS who are now subscribers to Th 
Evangelist about the special offer to new subscribers. Th 
rate is only twenty-five cents for ten weeks. This is a fin 
get-acquainted offer. 



ALL PASTORS are requested to send church calendars 
the Editor regularly. In case chorch calendars are ncl 
printed, pastors should send frequent personal notes to th 
Editor concerning important events in the church life. It i 
the desire of the Editor to conduct a department in Th' 
Evangelist for the purpose of introducing the congregation 
in the various parts of the country. This will in no way inteil 
fere with the regular department known as "News from th 
Field." 



Chicago, and Los Angeles will be exceptions. Pei 
haps! 

SEARCHING FOR GOD. 

Frequently a man with a scientific turn of mini 
will come forth with some timely spiritual truth 
Such seems to be the case in the following statemen 
from Chas. P. Steinmetz. 

Some day people will learn that material things 
do not bring happiness, and are of little use in mak- 
ing men and women creative and powerful. Then the 
scientists will turn their laboratories over to the 
study of God and prayer and to the spiritual forces. 
When this day comes, the world will see more ad- 
vancement in one generation than it has seen in the 
past four. 

Mr. Steinmetz however, has failed to take int 
consideration that which any student of the Bibl 
well knows. God cannot be discovered in the tes 
tube- Neither can He he discovered at all. No mai 
can know God unless God reveals Himself. Al 
though some of God's truths may be found in th 
laboratory and by scientific investigation and discov 
ery, God is revealed and known only through Jesu 
Christ. No man knoweth the Father, "Save the Son 
and he whomsoever the Son will reveal him (Matt 
11:27). 

Christians rejoice in the blessed truth, that Go( 
has already revealed Himself in the Son of God an( 
that He has given us a Book, the Bible, which re 
veals to us, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is Christ whon 
we see in the Word of God. Also it was Christ whc 
said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father' 
(John 14:9). A marvelous day it would be, how 
ever, to see our laboratories turned into Bible School; 
set for the defense and proclamation of the Gospel- 



January 11, 19S6 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Bible Exposition - The Book of Jude 



First of a Series 



By Rev, A. V. Kimmell 



I. INTRODUCTION. 

Considering the problem the Book of Jude dis- 
cusses, no writer in the present hour could describe 
more accurately conditions as we have them in the 
church today. However as verse four indicates sim- 
ilar difficulties existed at the time the book was 
written so the fore-view of the Holy Spirit indi- 
cates the trend of apostasy throughout the entire 
church age, deepening in intensity as the event men- 
tioned in verse fourteen approaches; "Behold, the 
Lord Cometh with ten thousands of his saints." 

The epistle is addressed to ALL BELIEVERS; 
those separated from sin and the world by God the 
Father through faith in His Son, and who are being 
kept — preserved — by Jesus Christ, the "called out" 
who constitute the body, the church. To all such 
the emphatic and solemn chai'ge is given : THAT YE 
SHOULD EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE 
FAITH WHICH WAS ONCE DELIVERED UNTO 
THE SAINTS. 
IL CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH. 

Second Timothy and Second Peter likewise deal 
with the apostasy in a general way and can be used 
in support of many points presented, but the book 
of Jude has a very particular mission for it deals 
with FALSE TEACHERS who CREEP IN UN- 
AWARES. They "worm" their way into the good 
graces of the Believers and it is easy to indentify 
the trail of the serpent as they slide silently into a 
.position where they can strike their poison into the 
very life of the church. 

In the educational program it is very difficult, al- 
most impossible, to successfully contend against the 
subject presented by the teacher. Our system of 
education may have built this wall about itself. In 
any case the reasons are obvious. In the teaching 
program of the church the problem is even greater 
for a teacher or a preacher naturally has the con- 
fidence of those under his ministry. Practically all 
denominational ordination vows are administered 
and received on the basis of orthodoxy and the 
preacher or teacher has the confidence of his fol- 
lowers, upon this assumption, until his utterances or 
his actions prove otherwise. By this time he may 
have injected his venom and the subject may be 
writhing in the death struggle of unbelief- 

This particular group of teachers and preachers 
will keep their heresy under cover and the patience 
and forbearance of the saints will sometimes per- 



mit them to make havoc with the flock before their 
true character is exposed. Tlie book of Jude brings 
them right out into open view. 
III. CHARACTERISTICS. 

Since the teaching of the "certain men, who creep 
in unawares" will be disguised the first marks of 
identification can be discovered by definite traits in 
character some of which follow : 1. Unbelief. Verse 
five, "The Lord having saved the people out of the 
land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that be- 
lieved not." In verses seventeen and eighteen there 
is a mere suggestion that these "mockers" will re- 
ject the words of the apostles, which is not far from 
saying that they will reject the Bible as the Word 
of God. This is one of the first evidences of unbe- 
lief. It is at this point that apostasy begins. When a 
preacher or a teacher questions the verbal inspir- 
ation of the Scriptures — as originally given — that 
one should be observed carefully. Such a position 
opens the way to other serious error. 

Verse four cites the climax of unbelief: "Denying 
the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." To 
this end Satan is directing all false teaching. So- 
called minor issues are simply opening wedges to 
drive in this climax of unbelief. This is the ultim- 
ate goal of modernism. 2. Usurpers of Authority. 
Verses six and eleven indicate that these apostate 
teachers rebel against constituted authority. So to- 
day we have those who refuse to accept the Bible 
because it limits their freedom of thought and re- 
fuses the deductions of their own processes of ex- 
panded intelligence. The angels tried this when they 
followed Lucifer who in heaven tried to usurp the 
place of Christ- Note that they are reserved unto the 
judgment of the great day. Korah, (Num. 16) ques- 
tioned the authority of Moses, why let Aaron have 
all the honors? God made short work of this re- 
bellion by letting the earth engulf him and all his 
followers. 

3. Envy and Greed. Two notorious men of the Old 
Testament are used to illustrate these charactei'- 
istics : Cain, whose envy and hate turned to murder, 
and Balaam, whose greed led to "graft." Strange 
how these "certain men" cry for tolerance and then 
"bum up" the English or some other language in de- 
nouncing those "Who earnestly contend for the 
faith which was once delivered unto the saints." And 
strange as it may seem the highest paid preachers 
and teachers known to the church, generally speak- 
ing, are these "certain men who have crept in un- 
awares." 
Philadelphia,Pa. 

(To be continued) 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 11, 1936 - 



Starting New Year Right 



I 



By J. Ray Klingensmith 

1. Start the New Year With Christ. 

This means definitely that your worldliness will 
be ruled out- Jesus said in His intercessory prayer 
"The world hath hated them because they are not 
of the world even as I am not of the world" (Jno. 
17:16) John says in I John 2:15 "Love not the world, 
neither the things that are in the world. If any man 
love the world, the love of the Father IS NOT in 
him." "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh 
the world: and this is the victory that overcometh 
the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh 
the world but he that believeth that Jesus is the 
Son of God" I John 5:4-5. Now it is plainly evident 



You can be assured that if by God's Grace, 
you will start the New Year with Christ, 
with the Church and with the Bible, you will 
find yourself a praying and 'powerful child 
of God by the end of the year. But Chris- 
tian! Wliat do you hope to be by the end of 
the year without these! Just the same old 
cold, prayerless, worldly church member is 
not enough these days! ■ — /. R. K. 



that either the Bible is wrong or some who profess 
to follow it are wrong- They simply can't both be 
right. The Bible says that Christ's followers will 
come out from the world and be separate ; the people 
who profess to follow it run to the world with the 
same regularity as those who never professed it. 
From beholding prayerless, heartless, Bible-less, 
testimony-less, theater-going church members it ap- 
pears that the Bible is wrong. But from studying the 
Bible one comes to the fast conclusion that they are 
wrong. "No man can serve two Masters. . . .ye can- 
not serve God and Mammon" (Matt. 6:24) — ^but you 
can and are serving either one or the other. We who 
study God's Word, speak of the surprise to this old 
world when God will lift His Saints out of it. Oh 
what a surprise it would be if His professed children 
would step out of worldliness. To see a born again, 
regenerated, cleansed, sanctified, spirit-filled, 
changed human being sitting in a darkened room 
enjoying the fallen lusts of the Hollywood harlots, 
makes it appear that the Bible is wrong. However, 
some of us feel that perhaps the folks who profess 
to know Christ and do those things are wrong in- 
stead. "If any man be in Christ he is a NEW crea- 
ture: old things are passed away" (II Cor. 5:17). 
New creatures also have NEW appetites. Start the 
New Year with Christ. If you start it with Christ 



you will start it WITHOUT your worldliness. You 
can't have both. God's Word makes that very plain. 
I John 2:15 "Love not the world, neither the things 
that are in the world. If any man love the world the 
love of the Father is not in him." God speaks plain- 
ly on this issue, and Jesus said "My sheep hear my 
voice, and I know them, and they follow me." 
2. Start the New Year with the Church. 

Many of our people start the New Year IN the 
church but not WITH the church- There is a vast 
difference. If we have a special program and the 
pastor or Young People's Society urges sufficiently, 
we can get folks to start the New Year IN the 
church. However, that will not guarantee that they 
will be with the church in its year of prayer meet- 
ings, Bible studies, Sunday night services and offer- 
ings. It is one thing to be IN the church and quite 
another to be one OF the church or WITH the 
church. Evangelists today are crying out that they 
hold Revival after Revival and church members do 
not even get to a single service ! Pastors protest and 
grieve that their members will come to a Sunday 
school service and walk out to visit the relatives 
during the church service or go for a ride out in 
the country because "the Mr. works so hard five 
days a week now." God give us members that are 
WITH the church and not against it. These are days 
of sifting. Those who are truly the Lord's are com- 
ing closer to Him. They are looking for a great 
event, the Upward Calling of the Saints- With the 
Revival of the Roman Empire, the trek of the Jews 
towards Palestine, the love of many waxing cold, the 
perilous times, the wars, famines, etc., it is time 
to lift up our heads for our redemption draweth 
nigh. Where else would you rather be when He 
comes than hard at work in His church? It is not 
enough for you to merely be a good neighbor or a 
kind-hearted soul. A lady said to me not long ago 
in regards to her own husband who is not a Chris- 
tion: "How is God going to judge him; he's so big- 
hearted." It takes more than a big heart if the 
Bible is true, it takes a NEW heart. A heart that is 
Christ's will seek the fellowship of His church and 
will strive to do the full will of God- The church has 
ever been the agency through which Christ reaches 
out for the lost. No lodge or club or Boy Scout move- 
ment or basket ball team is quite so helpful in doing 
the will of God as the church. None of them has ever 
saved so many for Christ; none of them has bom 
witness for so long; none of them wields the influ- 
ence for God today that his Body, the church does. 
Start the New Year on the inside and with it. 
3. Start the New Year with your Bible. 
A good family in my church, the members of which 



January 11, 1936 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Sinful 



ness o 



(Si 



in 



By WiUiam H. Schaffer 



We are living in a world which is growing indiffer- 
ent to sin. Multitudes of young men and women to- 
day are being taught that there is no such thing as 
sin. Many readily accept such teaching as a possi- 



have been faithful for years and who have con- 
tributed generously, said the other day: "We 
never understood our Bible like we do now." 
That is because they are working with the 
Bible. The man had read s i x chapters al- 
ready that day and was not through yet. Bible read- 
ing Christians always see the need of prayer- And 
when they pray, it is easy to detect that they have 
been reading the Word. I sometimes think the dull- 
est noise I ever heard is made when some churcli 
member who has been a member for forty yeais 
starts to pray and asks God to gather us all around 
the Great White Throne, or asks God for something 
else that His Word plainly tells us cannot happen. 
This is just another way of his announcing to the 
audience that he hasn't read his Bible enough to 
even be familiar with its words and language. The 
Bible is more interesting today than it ever has 
been for we cannot look up from its pages till we 
see the very things happening which it predicts. 
People used to say that the Bible pictured every 
thing as dark and gloomy. Then, those folks 
had better not read their daily newspapers- The 
Bible does hold out hope for some ; and that is more 
than the newspapers or the statesmen do today! 
The darker the hour these days the brighter the hope 
for God's children! Peter says "Be ready always 
to give an answer to every man that asketh you a 
reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and 
fear" (I Peter 3:15). We will never convince them 
of its value till we ourselves know God's Word. We'll 
never know it till we study it. Start the New Year 
with God's Word by determining that you are going 
to be able to talk it and teach it and know some- 
thing about it. Remember it is the instrument that 
the Holy Spirit uses. It is forever settled in the 
heavens; it is sharper than any two-edged sword; 
it is the power of God unto salvation. 

You can never hope for the New Year to end well 
if you do not start it well. You can be assured that 
if by God's Grace, you will start it with Christ, with 
the church and with the Bible, you will find yourself 
a praying and powerful child of God by the end of 
the year. But Christian ! What do you hope to be by 
the end of the year without these ! Just the same old 
cold, prayerless, worldly church member is not 
enough these days ! Oakville, Ind. 



ble escape from an impending judgment. We seem 
to be reverting to the old Greek philosophy that 
wrong doing is not really wrong unless you get 
caught- It is therefore not a shame to commit a 
sin but if one is caught in the act it is just "too bad." 
And where are the young people today getting such 
a philosophy? It is being injected into their systems 
by the hypodermic needle of doctors of education and 
sad to say by some doctors of theology. 

When the word "sin" is brought into conversation 
the question immediately arises, "What is sin?" and 
"What do I have to do to sin?" According to God's 
Word we find, "Sin is the transgression of the law" 
(I John 3:4). Again, "All unrighteousness is sin" (I 
John 5:17). But even these verses do not seem to 
make any impression on some for they seem totally 
ignorant as to what is meant by "the law" and the 
word "unrighteousness" is not in their vocabulary. 

Have we really come to the place where we are 
oblivious to the fact of sin and its sinfulness ? What 
makes sin such a terrible thing in the sight of God ? 
God knows the immediate and ultimate consequences 
of sin. 

God knows that uncontrolled sin in the life of a 
young man will lead him to the pit of moral and 
spiritual degregation. He also knows that harbored 
sin in the heart of a young woman will result in a 
thousand deaths. Look at that haggared prematured 
face of a young man who has tasted of the dregs of 
dissipation and lived twenty-five years in five. What 
caused him to look like a man twice his age when 
he should be just blossoming into real manhood ? Sin ! 
Sin did it ! Look through the masks of cosmetics on 
the face of that woman, young in years but old in 
features, and you'll see the deceitful workmg of 
SIN! The one thing in this world that men and 
women ought to be afraid of, and yet seem to care 
so little about, is the woeful results of sin. 

Never a man played with sin that it did not get 
the best of him. We might advise that if you want 
to play with something safe it is better to gather 
rattle snakes or copper head snakes for a pastime. 
Or try this, put caps on sticks of dynamite and light 
them like you would a Fourth of July sparkler. Any- 
thing like that would be a million times safer than 
to play with sin! 

The story is told of two small Italian boys of New 
York City who were returning from a swim by the 
wharves. On their journey home little Petro found a 
piece of copper wire. A short cut took them over 
the third rail system of the electric railroad- Petro 

(Contirmed on page 9) 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 11, 1936 



W. I. DUKER 

President 

Goahern, Ind. 

E. L. MILLER 
Vice President 
Maurertown, Va. 



NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 
ASSOCIATION 



S. M. WHETSTONE 
Editor for January 



N. V. LEATHERMAN 

General Secretary 

Berlin, Pa. 



K. M. MONROE 

Treasurer 

Ashland, Ohio 



H 



"WHAT I EXPECT OF MY 

PASTOR IN THE SUNDAY 

SCHOOL" 

By Vernon Schrock, Supt. of the 
Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday School 

The pastor is a servant of God, who 
leads his flock in spiritual paths. Too 
often the pastor is considered a leader 
only from the pulpit. That is seen by 
the way too many people attend only 
the morning service. To some, one serv- 
ice a day seems sufficient, but God's 
people desire guidance and teaching in 
church school, from pulpit both morn- 
ing and evening, from the power sta- 
tion (prayer meeting), and from any 
other place God's love and plans are 
taught, not forgetting indi\adual study 
and devotion. 

The church school should be in full 
cooperation with the church and the 
church in cooperation with the school. 
Each department and class should be 
contacted by the pastor, as well as by 
the superintendent, to see that all is 
being done in accordance to God's will. 
Teachers may grow careless in present- 
ing the Word of God and this careless- 
ness can be checked by such contact. 

By cooperation between teacher and 
pastor, those in the class who do not 
attend church may be won to the church 
service. The pastor, by visiting the 
classes, making a closer acquaintance 
with pupils, and by speaking a few 
words about the need and value of their 
presence in the church service may gain 
their loyalty. 

We all realize that the church school 
often falls short in facing its many dif- 
ficult problems, but constant contact 
and consultation with the pastor who 
has had specific training and expe- 
rience should be of great value and im- 
portance in the solving of these mat- 
ters. Too often it seems the church peo- 
ple build a wall between themselves and 
the pastor, not realizing their aims are, 
or should be, toward the same goal, 
that of building a bigger and more far- 
reaching church. 

In many schools the pastor teaches 
a class, but I believe it is asking almost 
too much of him, because it is too near 
the time of his morning sermon for 
him to do justice to both a class and 
to a waiting audience. In some schools, 
if there is a shortage of teachers, it is 
permissable for the pastor to be of as- 
sistance in the class room, but he 
should be changed from class to class 
in order that a personal contact with a 
larger number of individuals may be 
made. 

The Bride of Christ, the Church Tri- 
umphant, should realize a greater re- 



sponsibility toward its task — namely, 
evangelization of the world. America 
at the present time cannot be said to 
be a Christian nation, as less than 50 
per cent of our population are professed 
Christians. That being the situation, we, 
an evangelizing institution, should use 
the pastor where he can be of the 
greatest service. Perhaps in the class 
room, in the pulpit only, but wherever 
he is used, make sure that he is doc- 
trinally sound, given over completely to 
Christ and the furtherance of His King- 
dom, holding the requirements which 
we find in I Tim. 1-8. 

Using ideas brought out in this por- 
tion of Scripture a bishop or minister 
should be blamless, without reproach, 
husband of one wife, temperate, sober- 
minded, orderly, apt to teach, not a 
brawler, no striker, riot greedy of filthy 
lucre; but gentle, not contentious, not a 
lover of money. Moreover he must have 
a good report or good testimony. The 
world is looking for bad reports about 
sei-vents of God, and they travel fast 
regarding even a layman, but how much 
faster the bad report of a minister. 
God, lift all ministers above bad reports, 
should be our earnest prayer, for the 
farther reaching ministry of the Word 
of God. 

May we vdtness and watch till we 
shall "meet the Lord in the air: and so 
shall we ever be vnth the Lord." 



Signs of the Times 

(Continued from page 2) 

tion war brings. But war is not hell. 

The man who says that war is hell may 
know what war is, but he has no real 
ideal of what hell is. 

To say that war is hell is to draw a 
false picture of both. Many a soul has 
been saved on the battlefield by the 
blood of Christ, but no soul will ever 
be save d out of that last prison-house 
of the lost. In human warfare men 
wreak vengeance upon one another. In 
hell it will be the vengeance of an in- 
finitely holy God. In war the well fed 
politicians, sleek diplomats and dicta- 
tors move men to their death like 
pavsms. In hell the warmakers will have 
no power at all. In human warfare the 
Mussolinis hurl their defiance in the 
face of God of righteousness. In hell 
every knee shall bow before Him. 

In our discussions of war and hell, 
it is better to quote the Bible than 
Sherman. 



OW Readest Thou? 

In the worship of the church there 
is nothing so important as the reading 
of the Word of God. It is more import- 
ant even than the exercise of prayer. In 
prayer we speak to God, but in the 
reading of the Word God speaks to us. 
Yet how little attention is given to prep- 
aration for this task. We sweat in our 
studies for days and nights to turn out 
a sermon (and we ought to), and then 
when we come into the pulpit we are 
likely to hunt at the last moment for a 
fitting chapter to read as a preface for 
what we shall have to say. 

A young minister, just out of a sem- 
inary that gave little or no attention to 
the discipline of public reading of the 
Bible, was asked by a fellow minister 
to read the Scripture at the morning 
service. He stumbled through the pas- 
sage, mispronouncing words, missing 
the emphasis where it should have been, 
and finally closed the Book with these 
very earnest words, "May the Lord have 
mercy upon this reading of His Word." 

Surely, we need the mercy of the 
Lord in this important matter. It is 
not enough to practice reading. We 
should pray for the mind of the Spirit 
as we read. When we become better 
readers of the Word, we shall be better 
preachers of it. 



1 HE Hardest Task. 

Recently a questionaire was sent out 
to over two thousand ministers, ask- 
ing them to check in one column the 
task they found among their ministerial 
duties to be the easiest, and in another 
column the task which they found the 
hardest. The returns were surprising. 
The great majority agreed in stating 
that the easiest task was the Sunday 
morning service including the sermon. 
And the same majority agreed that 
their hardest task was "Getting peo'ple 
to pray." 

The pastor who can get his people to 
pray can also get a lot more done. But 
without prayer the church is dead. 
Doubtless, the devil knows that if he 
can only keep people from praying, he 
needs do nothing else to hold such a 
church in his grip. The wise pastor 
knows that until he has a prayer meet- 
ing started, his work has not really 
begun. 



/ SAW 
"I saw a human life ablaze with 
God, 
I felt a power Divine 
As through an empty vessel of 
frail clay 
I satv God's glory shine! 
Then ivoke I from, a dream and 
cried aloud: 
'My Father^ give to me 
The blessing of a life consumed 
by God 
That I may live for Thee!' " 

— Selected. 



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aiiuary 4, 1936 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PALISTINE 

By Dr. G. S. Carpenter 

No depression! No unemployment! A 
irplus in the national treasury! New 
lildings on every hand! New villages 
id cities springing up! New industries 
;ing established! Citri-culture fast ex- 
mding! The most prosperous country 
I the world today! What nation can 
lake such claims? Not the United 
tates, not Canada, not England, not 
ermany. The answer is little Palestine, 
ntil recently a land of desolations and 
astes, but now a land enjoying abund- 
nt prosperity. Have you read the re- 
;nt small book by George T. B. Davis 
ri "Rebuilding Palestine According to 
rophecy?" The story is fascinating 
nd faith-inspiring. 

What is the secret of the abundant 
rosperity in this land while the rest 
f the world is in the valley of depres- 
ion? The writer answers, "Long ago 
; was prophesied in the Word of God 
tiat Palestine should be rebuilt and re- 
tored in the latter days and God is 
alfilling these predictions to the very 
;tter." Read Isaiah 61:4, "And they 
hall build the old wastes, they shall 
aise up the former desolations, and 
hey shall repair the waste cities, the 
.esolations of many generations." Yes, 
900 years of desolation from the de- 
traction of Jerusalem in A. D. 70 un- 
il the close of the World War. In the 
'ears when our Lord walked up and 
[own Palestine that country was not a 
and of desolation. Witness the aque- 
lucts and roads and citadels built by 
he Romans, also the wonderful Herod's 
^'emple in Jerusalem. One day the dis- 
iples looked upon that temple and 
leard Jesus' surprising words: "See 
fe not these things ? Verily I say unto 
fou. There shall not be left here one 
itone upon another, that shall not be 
hrown down." Only eight years after 
lompletion that temple was in ashes, 
rhe melted gold ran down into the crev. 
ces of the stones and the soldiers eager 
;o get the gold pryed the stones apait 
mtil not one stone was left upon an- 
)ther, thus fulfilling our Lord's proph- 
Jcy to the very letter. 

But today desolation gives place to 
reconstruction. Over 300,000 Jews are in 
Palestine today, according to the gov- 
smment report. A rapid and remark- 
able transformation is taking place. 
'Barrenness has been changed into fer- 
tility, idleness into industry, poverty 
in prosperity." 

The Jews are returning in a steady 
stream to the land of their fathers. A 
waste wilderness is becoming a popul- 
ous and prosperous country. Jerusalem 
is being restored to its ancient glory 
and beauty. Unmeasured wealth is be- 
ing extracted from the Dead Sea. The 
Jordan River is being harnessed to fur- 
nish electric light and power. what a 
change! And all as foretold by the 



THE SINFULNESS OF SIN 
By William H. Schaffer 

(Continued from page 7) 

had heard what would happen if one 
poked a wire under the covering of the 
third rail but he wanted to discover it 
for himself. His first poke resulted in 
nothing and he laughed. Still deter- 
mined, he pushed the wire under the 
covering again. A flash of blue flame, 
a shriek of pain as 11,000 volts of 
electricity went through that wire into 
that little body. His clothing caught on 
fire, his hair burnt on his head, he 
tried to drop the wire which had turned 
to a white heat. His little friend tried 
to pull away only to be knocked down 
from the terrific voltage. By the use of 
a iTibber coat he was pulled loose. Petro 
started to run but they took him to the 
hospital dead. He knew there was some- 
thing dangerous about that third rail. 
He had heard older folks talk about it. 
But surely it wouldn't hurt just to play 
with it a little bit! Sin scorches, it 
burns, it kills like the third rail and 
people know it and yet they insist in 
trifling with it. 

Sin is deceitful. It does not reveal 
its whole self on first appearance. It 
tempts, lures and beckons until its vic- 
tim is securely fast in its trap Just as 
we hate deceitfulness ought we hate 
sin. The immediate results of sin are 
terrible. They ought to cause us to 
shudder with fear at the very mention 
of sin. Our penitentiaries and jails a.re 
filled with transgressors of the law of 
the land; men and women suffering the 
immediate consequences of sin. How 
well the prophet summed up this mat- 
ter when he declared, "Your iniquities 
have separated between you and your 
God, and your sins have hid His face 
from you, that He will not hear (Isa. 
59:2). 

The fact that it cost God such a tre- 
mendous price to cleanse one sinner 
from his sinful ways reveals to us the 
sinfulness of sin! 

God not only knows the immediate 
sorrow sin brings but He knows the 
eternal death it accomplishes if al- 
lowed to run its course. "When lust 
hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; 
and sin, when it is finished, bringeth 
forth death" (James 1:15). The myriads 
of souls that vidll find themselves in 
the Lake of Fire will be there because 
they continued to love things that were 
sinful. God does not rejoice in the eter- 
nal death of the wdcked. This is evi- 
dent in that He did everything possible 
to keep man from suffering an eternal 
damnation. God hates sin to such a de- 
gree that He gave the most precious 
thing He had to save men and woman 
from the throes of eternal despair. If 
it cost the life of Jesus Christ, God in- 



carnate, to redeem men from sin, there- 
fore, sin must be a terrible thing in 
the sight of God. 

This thing that seeks to exalt man 
above his Maker, that makes murder- 
ous men out of innocent babes, that 
robs men of their highest character, 
that causes misery, sickness and aching 
hearts, that makes men curse the day 
they were born will be forever wiped 
from the face of God's earth. "And I 
saw a new heaven and a new earth; 
for the first heaven and the first earth 
were passed away; and there was no 
more sea" (Rev. 21:1). 

What an awful thing sin must be in 
the sight of the One who willingly suf- 
fered on Calvary's Cross to make an 
end to sin for all those who would put 
their trust in His saving grace! "The 
next day John seeth Jesus coming unto 
him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of 
God which taketh away the sin of the 
world" (John 1:29). Jesus came to 
save men by putting away of sin. He 
came to give men deliverance from the 
power of sin, first of all by giving them 
new natures — new appetites; secondly, 
by His living persence at the seat of in- 
tercession at the right hand of God the 
Father; Thirdly, by His coming again 
to translate saved men from a world of 
sin to a place where it is not known. 

No one can get a real view of the 
sinfulness of sin until he sees the holi- 
ness of an omnipotent God and His 
love for a sin-loving, hell-bent human- 
ity. 
Conemaugh, Pa. 



A NICKEL OR A DOLLAR 

A Moody Bible Institute student, 
quietly seated for a church service, was 
considering his gift for the approach- 
ing offering. The collection plate drew 
nearer — a decision must be made. His 
funds totaled two dollars and five cents. 
He remembered an obligation of six 
dollars soon to be met, and, naturally, 
grasped the nickel. 

"What good would the two dollars 
and five cents do," came the thought, 
"when I need six; why not give more 
for the Lord and trust His faithful- 
ness?" As the plate pased by, with a 
sense of victory, he placed upon it a 
dollar. 

Later, when standing beside the man 
to whom he owed the six dollars, he 
casually opened a letter which had been 
handed to him, and — drew forth a five 
dollar bill! 

'Here you are," he said to his creditor, 
"nothing like paying one's bills on 
time." And he had five cents left! 



Prophets of God 2500 years ago! Surely 
this is one of the signs of the times that 
ought to cause people everywhere to be- 
lieve in the inspiration of the Bible. 
Hallendale, Fla. 



UNDERSTANDING GOD'S 
LOVE 

Before we can begin to understand 
the love of God, we must have some 
idea about the holiness of God and the 
sinfulness of man. It takes infinite love, 
wisdom and power to bridge this gap 
and make a plan of salvation whereby a 
holy God can save a sinner. God has 
done this very thing in Jesus Christ. 



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January 11, 1936 



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THOMAS HAMMERS, Editor. 




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THE QUIET HOUR 

By Amos R. Wells 

What is meant by "the Quiet Hour"? 

It is a regular time spent daily iv 
quiet communion with God and medi- 
tation on the Bible, and the greatest 
themes of life and destiny. 

How is it connected with our Chris- 
tian Endeavor pledge? 

In the pledge we promise to make it 
the rule of our lives to pray and read 
the Bible every day. The Quiet Hour 
simply makes this pledge a little, more 
definite. 

What are the Comrades of the Quiet 
Hour? 

An organization established by Dr. 
Clark, who proposed that the Inter- 
national Society of Christian Endeavor 
should enroll as Comrades of the Quiet 
Hour all those, whether Endeavors or 
not, who agreed to make it the rule of 
their lives to spend some definite part 
of every day (at least fifteen minutes) 
at some regular time — early in the 
morning is suggested — in quiet com- 
munion with God and meditation upon 
religious themes. 

How does one become a Comrade of 
the Quiet Hour? 

By sending a statement of one's de- 
sire to the General Secretary, Inter- 
national Society of Christian Endeavor, 
41 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, enclosing a 
two-cent stamp. The Quiet Hour pledge 
vidll be returned, to be signed and kept 
by the Comrade. 

How may one withdraw from the or- 
ganization? 

Simply by sending word to the Secre- 
tary that one wishes to withdraw; but 
you will not wish to! 

Why is it best to observe the Quiet 
Hour in the same place, as a rule? 

Because the surroundings will come 
to suggest devout thoughts, and will 
put the spirit in the mood for helpful 
meditation and prayer. 

Why is it best to observe the Quiet 
Hour early in the morning? 

Because then the mind is fresh and 
strong from the lest of the night, and 
our meditation is sure to be more help- 
ful and our communion more inspiring. 
Moreover, the result of it can be car- 
ried into the day's work to enrich it. 
But if circum .stances prevent the morn- 
ing Quiet Hour, almost equal good can 
be gained from a Quiet Hour at night, 
reviewing the events of the day and 
praying for a blessing upon the mor- 
row. 

Why is it best to set a minimum of 
fifteen minutes? 

Because we do not usually give 



enough time to such exercises, and they 
are so brief that nothing comes of them. 
If we put little into a thing, we can- 
not expect to take much out of it. And 
when we once get into the spirit of the 
Quiet Hour the fifteen minutes vyill 
seem all too short. 

What may well be the beginning of 
every Quiet Hour? 

To remind ourselves that God is 
present. To say over and over to our- 
selves, "God is here. Christ is by my 
side. The all-seeing, the all-powerful, 
the all-loving One is in this room." 
Realization of this is necessary in or- 
der to have real communion. 

What is the next step that is usually 
best to take? 

Reading the Bible, the message from 
this present Father and Saviour. Read 
it in large portions, unless you come 
across some verse or short passage that 
compels you to stop and think. It is 
well to read it in consecutive portions, 
so as to get clear ideas of whole books. 
Many of these books can easily be read 
through at a sitting. 

What other helps shall we find for 
our Quiet Hour? 

Bible commentaries, especially those 
of a devotional turn, and books by the 
great masters of devotional writing, 
such a Jeremy Taylor, Fenelon, Thom- 
as a Kempis, Meyer, Matheson, Alex- 
ander Maclaren, Andrew Murray; to- 
gether with the religious poets — Brovsm- 
ing, Tenn^^son, Whittier, Lowell, Words- 
worth, and the great hymn-writers. 

What will fill out and complete your 
Quiet Hour? 

Much prayer — loving and faith-filled 
talk with the Father; and much medi- 
tation — peaceful waiting to hear what 
the Father has to say to us. 

What will be the nature of our pray- 
er? 

It will contain petition, asking from 
God simply and trustfully just the 
things we feel that we need from Him, 
whether they are little or large; but it 
will be made up far more of adoration 
and gratitude, naming over our many 
blessings and praising the Giver of 
them. 

What will be some of the themes of 
our meditation? 

The last day's living, and how it can 
be bettered today. The work that God 
has for us to do in the world, and how 
He will help us do it. Our besetting sins, 
and how we may with God's grace 
overcome them. God's goodness to us 
and to the world as shown in the life 
and person of Jesus Christ. The many 
evidences of God's love, as shovsm in 
His providence in our lives and in the 
history of the world. Thought of these 
great themes vidll broaden our lives and 
-will put into our souls the divine peace 
and power. 

Where can we secure books for the 
Quiet Hour? 

Send to the International Society of 
Christian Endeavor for a list of "De- 
votional Books of Value." 



WE CHOOSE CHRIST IN THE 
QUIET HOUR 

What a glorious thing friendship and 
fellowship with Christ is. It never fails. 
If we do our part, He is sure to do 
His. 

I was privileged to attend the Inter- 
national Christian Endeavor Convention 
in Philadelphia with the California 
Delegation. Each night we sat in the 
balcony. What a thrill it was to look 
over that vast throng of active Endeav- 
orers enthusiastically singing "We 
Choose Christ" (Specially written by 
Dr. Poling) with uplifted, clinched 
right hands. It thrills our hearts when 
we realize that in that group were peo- 
ple from every state in our nation and 
from our island possessions. Each has 
carried back to his ovwi locality a def- 
inite impression of what "We Choose 
Christ" can mean. 

I'm so happy to find that our Breth- 
ren Christian Endeavorers are so heart- 
ily following the challenge given by Dr. 
Poling in the opening address of the 
Convention. "We Choose Christ as our 
personal Saviour and Lord, and as Cap- 
tain and Comrade of our lives. — We 
Choose Christ, Choose His Will in pref- 
erence to all others and the exclusion 
of all that is not in the spiritual plan. 
— God helping me, in my whole life 
everywhere, I will be Christian, at what- 
ever the cost, I CHOOSE CHRIST." 
Truly, if we follow this challenge we 
will Choose Christ in our Quiet Hour. 

The Christian Endeavor Pledge is the 
keynote to the ideals and principles of 
Christian Endeavor, but the Quiet Hour 
pledge is its heart, for unless every 
endeavorer is an active Quiet Hour 
Comrade, the principles of C. E. can 
count for little in their lives. 

We have all heard of many things 
that the "C. lE." letters stand for but 
here is a rather new one for some of 
our readers. 'C. E." means "Christ Ex- 
pects." What does He expect of you and 
me? 

He expects us to live for Him, Rom. 
12:1-2; walk for Him, Col. 1:10; serve 
Him, Eph. 6:6-7; and vntness for Him, 
Rom. 8:16. How can we do these things 
unless we Choose Him during the Quiet 
Hour, and actually observe the Quiet 
Hour in our lives? It is through the 
Quiet Hour that we learn His Will. 

"Trusting in the Lord for strength 
I will make it the rule of my life, to 
set apart at least fifteen minutes a day, 
if possible in the early morning, for 
quiet meditation and direct communion 
with God." This is a simple, but exact- ' 
ing pledge. But, O, the joy of meeting 
Christ daily. When it is a vital part of 
our day and we look forward to it 
eagerly; when it becomes a very part 
of ourselves, then it vnll count for 
something. We look forward eagerly to 
the meeting of our earthly friends but 



The worst sin in all the world is the 
rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the 
Son of God. God can do nothing for 
the man who is guilty of this sin. 



January 11, 1936 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



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"THAT IN ME YE MIGHT HAVE 

PEACE" 

By Anga Ga/rber 

It isn't the fierceness of tempests, 

It isn't the burdcTis we bear; 

It isn't the thorns in our pathway 

That make this life dreary or fair. 

It isn't the sunshine or shadows, 

It isn't the valley or mount; 

It's the union with Jesu^ that tnatters, 

It's the nea/mess to Jesus that counts. 

It in't the cottage or mansion, 

It isn't possessions or fame; 

It isn't the billows of sorrow, 

It isn't the torture or shamie. 

It isn't what comes to the Clvristian, 

Each trial and grief he'll surmount 

If he's close to the Lord — that's what 
matters; 

It's the nea/rness to Jesus that counts. 

It isn't the place where we serve Him 

As long as he's leading the way — 

It isn't the darkness a/round us 

Before the approach of the day; 

It isn't owr earthly surroundings. 

Them all for the Lord we renounce; 

For it isn't this old world that matters. 

It's the nearness to Jesus that counts. 

It isn't the friends which surround us 

Though dear to our heart they may be; 

It isn't the sickn.ess or trials, 

It's the PEACE of our Lord fidl and 
free. 

It's only when far from the Master 

That ti-ials and troubles do mount; 

It's the friendship with Jesus that mat- 
ters. 

It's the nearness to Jesus that counts. 

Leon^ Iowa. 

how much more eagerly we look for- 
ward to meeting Christ during cur- 
Quiet Hour. 

Look at the Quiet Hour Pledge. 
"Trusting" — not in ourselves, but, 
"in Christ," for strength, "I will set 
apart fifteen minutes a day"; not in ac- 
tual time, for those are active com- 
rades know that fifteen minutes is not 
enough to spend with Christ each day. 
He has done so much for us. We can 
give Him a part of the day and how 
much sweeter the rest of the day will 
be for having spent a part of the day 
with Him. "In the early morning," has- 
n't Christ told us to seek Him early 
while He may be found ? He went into 
the garden in the early morning to be 
alone with the Heavenly Father. "For 
quiet meditation and direct communion 
with God." — What more can we do in 
our Quiet Hour than read the Word 
and talk to and listen to the Father. 

To meet Christ during the Quiet 
Hour is a blessed thing and I covet this 
joy of meeting Him for everyone. Will 
you not meet Christ during your Quiet 
Hour? Thus you will Choose Christ in 
the fullest sense, and your life will be 
one of greater joy for having chosen 
Him. 

He will become a more vital part of 
you and your life will count more for 
Him who has done so much for you. 
ROSE A. WILLS, 
Quiet Hour Supt., Nat. C. E Union 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




BRYAN, OHIO 

The First Brethren church at Bryan, 
Ohio, continues to be ever active and 
alert and about the Masters business. 
While we have been moving forward in 
the work of the Lord, we have also felt, 
what all others have felt, the heavy 
hand of Satan. He seems to be on the 
job and opposing the progress of' the 
church at every turn. But with Christ 
as our leader we will move on. 

We are still using the unified service, 
which we almost hesitate to speak 
about, because so many seem to think 
we are holding ourselves up as an ex- 
ample. But it served the purpose for 
which we intended it, and it has in- 
creased our attendance at Sunday school 
and church, and we would not think of 
going back to the old way as long as 
it continues to serve the purpose for 
which it was intended. It does hold 
our people for the morning worship 
service. We have the best attended 
church in this community, both morn- 
ing and evening service. While the eve- 
ning services are not as well attended 
as they could be, yet we have a good 
attendance. 

We are closing the years work on 
New Year's eve with our Business meet- 
ing and a Watch service. Our reports 
show that we have met every call for 
financial assistance from the church in 
general in a commendable way. We 
do not give a large sum to one organ- 
ization and let others suffer, but we 
try to give to every interest of the 
church. We close our books with a sub- 
stantial sum in the treasury to meet 
the first quarter's bills. Every organ- 
ization stiows a healthy growth. 

We have also sustained some losses 
which the church feels very keenly. In 
July, Brother Charles Brown, one of our 
old and respecteii citizens and deacon 
of the church and one upon whom the 
pastor could always depend for sound 
counsel, was called to his reward. In 
December Mrs. Ella Elsasser, who was 
a member of long standing, was called 
from us. 

On November 21st we began a meet- 
ing and on the 24th, Mr. and Mrs. H. 
E. Richter of Peru, Indiana, came to 
help us and had charge of the music. 
The meetings closed on Dec. 8th. Satan 
uses every means possible to attract the 
attention of the public and he seems to 
be able to do a good job. In those two 
weeks there were three nights that all 
the students had to attend the school 
programs. It is too bad that in so many 
places the school authorities have so 
little regard for the church, and will 
not seek to co-operate. But in spite of 



it all, the services were well attended. 
However we have to report the same 
as all others, the outsider was conspic- 
ious by his absence. There were added 
to the church eleven members, two by 
relation and nine by baptism. Two 
small children and nine adults; adding 
three new families to the church. We 
all felt that we had a good meeting. 
This is five meetings in this church in 
which the pastor has done his own 
preaching. The pastor is now in the 
sixth year of service in this chui'ch. All 
glory and honor is given to our Lord 
and Saviour for advancements made and 
the work we have been, able to ac- 
complish. We ask an interest in your 
prayers that the church may continue 
to be used of the Lord in His work. 

C. A. STEWART. 



TRACY, CALIFORNIA 

On May 15, 1935 the writer was given 
a call by two families and the Mission 
Board of Northern California, to begin 
work in Tracy, California. 

On entering this field we fully ex- 
pected to begin our work in the homes 
of these members, who are Brother and 
Sister John Coykendall and Brother and 
Sister Chester Wampler. But even be- 
fore we began our work the Lord some 
way directed the leaders of a Sunday 
school group in Tracy, who were hun- 
gry for the Word, to Brother Coyken- 
dall, who had announced my coming, 
and the leaders requested of Brother 
Coykendall that the writer visit them in 
their home and present the Brethren 
faith. When reaching the field we 
learned of the desire of the leaders of 
the Sunday school group and to the 
home we went, expounded the Word, 
had prayer and left the rest to the 
Lord. By the time we were ready for 
our first service in Tracy these leaders 
heartily invited us to the place where 
they met and behold we found they 
were meeting in a vacant house. They 
had benches, hymn books, a piano, in 
fact, all that was necessary for services 
with a Sunday school numbering 30 
present, with what we took in. 

We began this work May 19, 1935. 
At the first preaching service a boy 
came forward to accept the Lord. We 
have continued vrith these people all 
these months. The leaders we have al- 
ready mentioned. Brother and Sister 
Lehman, have already been baptized 
and come into the Brethren Faith. The 
Lord has been directing our steps until 
we have had in all sixteen coming in 
confession, reconsecration, or for unit- 
ing with the Brethren Faith. From the 



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last Sunday in November and the first 
three Sundays in December ten have 
come forward. Eight of these await 
baptism. To Christ be the glory. 

We have already had visitors from 
the East in our services. The Garbers 
of Ashland attended the services during 
the summer and Helen spoke for us 
and was well received. Brother R. Paul 
Miller came to us on the recommenda- 
tion of the Home Mission Board to in- 
spect the work and report back to his 
board. Brother Miller preached for us 
and the people say, come again, Broth- 
er Miller. Hence Tracy is known to 
some of the Brethren in the East. 

You understand we must have people 
coming to our services before we can 
reach out. People are coming and they 
return. The Word is preached and ac- 
cepted graciously. The Word has done 
all. Blessed be the name of the Lord. 

This message is written for the 
Brethren who have bid me God's speed 
and are praying for this work at Tracy. 
May God Bless you, Brethren, in your 
work. 

The Tracy Brethren are hoping that 
Brother Miller's report is favorable and 
that Tracy may get help from the Home 
Mission Board. 

BENJ. F. OWEN. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



GOULD-HOLTON— Ruby May Hol- 
ton and Judson Luther Gould, tsoth of 
Vale, Oregon, were united in marriage 
Sunday afternoon, Dec. 15, 1935, at the 
Church of the Brethren parsonage at 
Fruitland, Oregon, by the Rev. W. Earl 
Breon. About 30 relatives witnessed the 
ceremony. Mr. Gould is a member of 
the Brethren church and Mrs. Gould 
of the Friends church. 

W. EARL BREON. 

GOTT-KURTZ — On November 5, 
1935, at the parsonage in Smithville, 
Ohio, Clayton Gott and Miss Martha 
Kurtz were united in marriage by the 
undersigned. Mr. Gott is a mechanic in 
Wooster. Mrs. Gott is a member of 
the Smithville church Both are estemed 
young ptople of the community. May 
heaven's choicest blessings be theirs as 
they journey through life together. 

C. C. GRISSO 

YODER-HOAK— At Springfield, 0. 
on Dec. 20, 1935, Harold Yoder and 
Miss Velma Hoak were joined in mar- 
riage by the writer. Mr. Yoder is a 
graduate of Manchester College. Mrs. 
Yoder is a graduate of Wittenberg and 
a teacher in the Springfield schools. 
Both are very active in the Church of 
God in Springfield. The bride is a niece 
of the undersigned. The wedding took 
place in the Church of God in the pres- 
ence of a great throng of friends and 
relatives. We were assisted by Rev 
Blevins, pastor of the church. May the 
Lord cause His face to shine upon them 
and be gracious unto them. 

C. C. GRISSO 

TEETER-MOHN— At the close of 
the morning worship service Sunday, 



WASHINGTON, D. C. 

All Brethren with the interests of the 
denomination at heart can speak of our 
church at Washington, D. C. with par- 
donable pride. When visiting the capitol 
of our nation all Brethren should visit 
the church also. The sexton lives near 
by and will gladly show visitors through 
the building. This new building is at- 
tractive in a city that is spending itself 
dizzy in out-classing the v>'orld in the 
cost and arrangement of a building pro- 
gram. We do not mean that the church 
has spent money excessively; just the 
opposite is trae for they have much to 
show for every dollar spent, but in gen- 
eral plan and beauty the building will 
command your admiration. The loca- 
tion is the best in this entire section 
of the city. 

After all the building is just so much 
material — it is the membership which 
constitutes the real church. The work- 
ing membership of this church is such 
as to please the heart of any spiritual 
pastor. Consecrated, faithful, loyal and 
willing. During the two weeks vrith 
sickness taking the pastor out of sev- 
eral services the members gave The 
Evangelist the best support which could 
be desired. There were always some in 
the pre-prayer service; the chonis led 
the singing, directed by Brother Dooly; 
special numbers were always ready; the 
ushers were always present looking af- 
ter their duties. Much personal visita- 
tion had been done prior to the meet- 
ing through systematically assigning 
individuals to be visited and this con- 
tinued during the meeting so far as 
time and conditions would permit. The 
expressions of appreciation offered the 
Evangelist were very encouraging at all . 
times and helped in great measure when 
the going was difficult. 

The first few days our home was 
with Brother and Sister Kent. Even 
with serious sickness to attend they 
made us comfortable. When the nature 
of the illness made it necessary for us 
to move several homes were opened to 
us. That of Brother and Sister Donald- 
son, with whom we had stayed previous- 
ly, seemed most convenient so here we 
had the best of comfort until the close 
of the meeting. Then so many had us 
in their homes for meals and to visit 
that the fellowship thus enjoyed will be 
a pleasant memory for a long, long 
time. One of the members placed a 
new automobile at the disposal of the 
Evangelist so getting about was no 
handicap in the absence of Brother 
Kent. While the members were sup- 
porting the meeting and encouraging 
the Evangelist they did not forget the 



Dec. 1, 1935, Calvin Teeter was united 
m marriage to Rachel Anna Mohn in 
the presence of a large congregation of 
people. Their pastor, the undersigned, 
read the marriage service. They will 
reside on the groom's farm east of the 
city. May God's blessing attend them. 

A. E. WHITTED. 



pastor and the needs of the family andi 
in many ways demonstrated their love 
and concern for their welfare. This is a 
fine testimony for both pastor and peo- 
ple for Brother Kent has been with 
this church about ten years and they 
seem to love him more than ever. 

Brother Kent is a successful pastor. 
He knows the Book and preaches andj 
teaches it boldly. He also knows his 
people. He has no place for compromise 
in his ministry, yet his quiet, kindly 
disposition enables him to get things 
accomplished where boisterous efforts 
would fail. His connection with the 
Fundamentalist group of which he is an 
officer brings him into contact with 
many Christian workers of the city. 

We praise the Lord for the two weeks j 
we were permitted to minister with this 
people; for the souls that were saved; 
for the saints who were revived and any 
other good which may have been ac- 1 
complished. They have problems of i 
course; a scattered membership in a 
large city; some who have become in- 
different through the years; a political, 
social and business atmosphere which 
detracts from spiritual things, but all 
of our churches have these or other i 
difficulties to face so we should be [ 
much in prayer for each other all the j 
while. One of the real blessings to the I 
writer was to see some who had prayed | 
and labored through the years for a 1 
church in Washington now enjoying the I 
results of their labors, particularly the i 
family of our departed Brother Lyon 
so long the leader at this place. His 
widow was in the services as often as 
the weather would permit; his daughter 
was at the organ practically every serv- 
ice; his son, an officer and teacher and 
helper in every way. Right here we 
must stop. The names of others we 
should mention come pressing in but 
the article is too long already. Praise 
the Lord, Brethren and press on to- 
ward the mark. 

A. V. KIMMiELL 



NOTICES 

ALL CLEVELAND DAY is to be 
celebrated Sunday, January 12th, morn, 
ing, afternoon and evening at the place 
of meeting, Mayfair School Auditorium, 
Mayfair Ave., East Cleveland. This is 
sponsored in the interest of the new 
Brethren Church of Cleveland. Bring 
your basket lunch and be present. 

TOM HAMMERS, Pastor 

BROTHER CHAS. H. ASHMAN, 
gives notice of his change of address 
from Johnstown, Pa., R. 5 to l-JS N. 
Milton Ave., Whittier, Calif. 

BROTHER H. M. OBERHOLTZER 
reports that his address in Huntington, 
Indiana is not 1802 Tinefort Street, as 
previously reported in these columns, 
it is 1802 N. Guilford St. 



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W. M. S. DEPARTMENT 

The Lord giveth the Word: the women that publish the tidings are a great host — Psalm 68:11. 
Material which formerly appeared in Woman's Outlook. 

Slogan — "Living to Learn, Learning to Live" 



The Missionary's Contribution to Christian America 



Miss Mary Emmert, Missionary to Africa 



America is Fast Squandering in riotous living 
the godly heritage she once received from her fore- 
fathers. Even now she is feeding on the empty 
husks of what was once a really spiritual endow- 
ment. The abundance of churches and the goodly 
number of charitable institutions in the land are the 
outward marks of a once sincere and zealous Chris- 
tianity, which, alas, is rapidly becoming lukewarm 
and insipid. Too many professing Christians have 
become savorless salt to continue 
to call America a truly Christian 
nation. But we praise the Lord 
that there is a God-fearing rem- 
nant which alone gives point to 
this discussion. 

We should pause to realize at 
the very first of this article that 
all the religious privileges we en- 
joy, all that is upright and good 
in our Government and institu- 
tions, all that is admirable in our 
public and private life, in fact, 
we owe to those who were willing 
to leave their homes and native 
lands for the sake of the Chris- 
tian religion. We see plainly the 
Westward trend of Missions in 
the early days from Paul on down 
through Augustine to our own 
Pilgrim and Puritan fathers, who 
were also in a sense missionaries. We received the 
light of the glorious Gospel from other countries 
and hence we are debtors in turn to pass it on to 
still more benighted nations. 

But, granted that historically we are indebted to 
missionaries for our religious liberty and our Chris- 
tian vision, yet the question remains : What contri- 
bution do they make to present day America? What 
does this nation, who is one of the leaders in evan- 
gelizing the world, what does she receive in ex- 
change. 

One cannot give without receiving. Moreover in 




Miss Mary Emmert 



the spiritual realm the law is that one receives 
more than one gives. Because the Salt Sea gives 
forth nothing it becomes increasingly acrid, but a 
lake, however humble it may be, that feeds a stream 
is of itself freshened. Missions are an outlet for our 
Christian activities. In order to keep the source 
pure, the church must not be self-centered but must 
be concerned with others. If the churches of the 
land were to think of none but their own little 
group they would soon be dead. 
Any church which begrudges 
every cent that leaves its coffers 
for foreign soil has in it the 
germs of death and decay. "The 
church that is not missionary will 
soon be missing." The pastor 
who is afraid to urge the cause of 
missions because his own sal- 
ary is unpaid is short sighted. He 
is cutting off his nose to spite his 
face as the old adage goes, for 
when a congregation begins to 
give to others it will become re- 
vivified, rejuvenated, rededicated 
to the Lord's service, and will 
raise the funds necessary for its 
own support much more easily 
than before. In many cases it 
isn't the lack of money so much 
as that people haven't attained 
the habit of giving largely. Let us encourage the 
forming of this habit because it is exhilarating and 
salutary. Let a church once get the feel of doing a 
worth while work for others, and one need no longer 
worry about that congregation. 

Then, too, there is a rebound — an inspiration 
gained by hearing of the mighty works of the Lord 
among the heathen. Who can hear of half-naked 
savages in simple faith receiving the Good News of 
a Saviour who died for them and being transformed 
into Christian men and women without having 
their own faith strengthened? Adults who have 



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been trained in nothing but sin and superstition all 
their lives have nevertheless been freed marvelously 
from all that they once were, and have been made 
new creatures in Christ Jesus. Is the fact that those 
poverty stricken African Christians practice tith- 
ing no rebuke to our feeble giving? And who can 
hear of eighty of them gathering in a prayer meet- 
ing an hour before sun rise without being thrilled? 
Does not the response of these newly born lambs of 
the call for Christian service inspire us to go and 
do likewise? If they are concerned that the Good 
News be preached on every highway and byway of 
their land then surely we should be too. And does 
not every applicant for full time service from any 
of our churches strengthen the flock? 

So by going as the church's messenger to Samar- 
ia and to the uttermost parts of the earth as the 
Lord commanded, the missionary gives inspiration 
to those laboring for Him in America to better their 
own home town and to save their country for Chris- 
tianity. As Dr. Chalmers has said: "Foreign mis- 
sions act upon the Home Church, not by exhaustion, 
but by fermentation." The church by furnishing the 
missionaries, supplying their needs, and praying for 
them, receives in turn as much as she contributes, 
for her zeal, love and inspiration are increased there- 
by and she is encouraged to convert the heathen at 
her own door and to labor against the forces of in- 
iquity that are seeking to destroy Christian America. 
Yes, she even receives material returns, for such is 
the law of giving unto the Lord ; "It is more blessed 
to give than to receive." The church's home treas- 
ury will actually profit by missionary enterprise. 
Let those who doubt it, give it an honest trial. As 
some one has said: "The more religion we export, 
the more we possess. Love grow by exercise." 





WORSHIP PROGRAM 

FEBRUARY 



My Contribution to a Christian America 

Song : "America." 

My country 'tis of thee, 

Sweet land of Liberty, 

Of thee I sing. 

Land where my fathers died. 

Land of the pilgrim's pride, 

From every mountain side. 

Let freedom ring. 

Our Father's God to thee. 

Author of liberty, 

To thee we sing: 

Long may our land be bright 

With freedom's holy light; 

Protect us by thy might. 

Great God our King! 



SCKIPTUKE: II Peter 3:10-18. 

Prayer. 

Business. 

Song: "All Hail the Power." 

All hail the power of Jesus' namel 
Let angel's prostrate fall; 
Bring forth the royal diadem. 
And crown Him Lord of all! 

O that with yonder sacred throng 
We at His feet may fall! 
We'll join the everlasting song, 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

Bible Study : "The Second Coming" Part II. 

Song: "America the Beautiful." 

beautiful for spacious skies, 

For amber waves of grain. 

For purple mountain majesties 

Above the fruited plain! 

America ! America ! 

God shed His grace on thee. 

And crown thy good with botherhood 

From sea to shining sea. 

Topic : "The Preacher's Contribution to a Christian 

America." 
Leader : 

Putting God in the Nation's life. 

Bringing us back to the ideal thing — 
There's something fine in a creed like that, 

Something true in those words that ring. 
Sneer as you will at the "preacher air," 

Scoff as you will at the Biblei tang. 
It's putting God in the nation's life 

That will keep it clear of the crooked "gang." 

Putting God in the Nation's life. 

Helping us think of the higher thing. 
That is the kind of speech to make. 

That is the kind of song to sing. 
Upward and forward, let us try 

The new ideal in the forthright way — 
Putting God in the nation's life. 

And putting Him there in a style to stay. 

Topic : "The Layman's Contribution to a Christian 
America." 



God, make us worthy of the lives that shaped us ! 
May our work stand when we have gone our way; 
When, in the far-off years we shall not enter. 
Our children's children keep a hero's day. 



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Topic: "The Missionary's Contribution to a Chris-, 
tian America." 

Leader : The missionary's greatest contribution is 
made when he obeys this call "Go ye therefore 
and teach All Nations, baptizing them in the 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost." 

Topic : "The Youth's Contribution to a Christian 
America." 

Leader: May we help each young person who 
comes under our influence to make the following 
his prayer; "0 God, who hast made me; Grant 
me thy gift of health, that with a strong body I 
may fight for the right and the true, and be thy 
faithful soldier and servant unto my life's end; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." 

Song: "Onward Christian Soldiers." 

Onward Christian soldiers. Marching as to war. 
With the cross of Jesus Going on before: 



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Christ the royal Master Leads against the foe; 
Forward into battle, See, His banners go. 
Chorus : 

Onward Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, 
With the cross of Jesus Going on before. 



Like a mighty army Moves the Church of God; 
Brothers, we are treading Where the saints have trod ; 
We are not divided, All one body we, 
One in hope and doctrine. One in charity. 

Benediction. 



OUR LORD'S RETURN - Part 2 



Ray Klingensmith 



This Second Study concerning our Lord's Return 
will be occupied largely with consideration of the 
Times and Seasons which the Scriptures have out- 
lined as indicative of His return. However, let it 
be remembered that the Second Coming and the 
Rapture of the Saints are two different events and 
the signs which are pointed out in the Scripture re- 
fer to the Second Coming and not to the Rapture. 
Since the Rapture occurs before the Second Coming 
it is plainly evident that if the Second Coming seems 
near, surely the Rapture is much nearer. The Scrip- 
ture gives no signs as to the time of the Rapture. 
That event may happen any time. It is just as liable 
to happen now as hundreds of years from now. So 
do not judge the approach of the Rapture by signs; 
They are for the Second Coming which comes af- 
ter the Rapture. To avoid confusion recall that the 
Rapture of the Saints and the translation of the 
Saints are synonomous terms. 

The three signs of the Second coming which we 
will study are The Revival of the Roman Empire, 
The Return of the Jews to Palestine, and the Apos- 
tasy of the Church. 

1. The Revival of the Roman Emvire 

In the Second chapter of Daniel it is recorded 
that Nebuchadnezzar, the World's first great dicta- 
tor, had a dream. It was recalled and enterpreted by 
the Prophet Daniel to the satisfaction of the king 
himself. It was revealed by Daniel that Nebuchad- 
nezzar the king saw a great Image, whose bright- 
ness was excellent and the form thereof terri- 
ble. Dan. 2:31f. The Image's head was of fine 
gold, which Daniel interprets in verses 37 and 38 to 
mean Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar's own empire. The 
Image's breast and arms were Silver, which Daniel 
interprets in verse 39 to be the kingdom that comes 
after Nebuchadnezzar. That was Media-Persia. The 
Image's belly and thighs were of brass. Daniel in- 
terprets this to be still another kingdom which fol- 
lowed the second named, or Greece, which followed 
Media Persia. Verse 33 tells us that the legs of 
the image were iron. Verse 40 interprets that to be 
the fourth kingdom, or Rome. Notice what it says 
of this fourth kingdom : It breaketh in pieces ; and 
subdueth all things, and bruises (verse 40). Now 
let us go to another of Daniel's interpretations. This 



was his own vision and is recorded in Daniel 7. In 
the form of Beasts, instead of the great Image this 
time, he again sees the sequence of kingdoms. These 
beasts came up out of the Sea (or Nations, or Man- 
kind) as the Sea symbolizes. It is the FOURTH 
beast again which we are considering Daniel 7:7. 
The beast was "dreadful and terrible, and strong ex- 
ceedingly ; and it had great iron teeth : it devoured 
and break in pieces, and stamped the residue with 
the feet of it : and it had ten horns." Now see verse 
23 and 24 of this 7th chapter and observe that the 
Scripture plainly states that it is the fourth king- 
dom, or Rome. It is significant to note that the Ro- 
man Empire is right now being rebuilt and its do- 
minion being extended. Since 1921 the population 
of Rome has doubled. In 1921 Mussolini said that 
if he ruled Italy five years longer, even if he died, 
Rome would yet "be mistress of the world." A few 
months ago he exclaimed in a broadcast to the 
world, "twenty million Italians are at this moment 
gathered throughout Italy in the most gigantic dem- 
onstration which the history of mankind records." 
Six years ago he anticipated the day when Italy 
would have an army of 50,000,000 soldiers. Quoting 
from "Times" Oct. 19, 1935, General Smuts says: 
"I fear very much that the annexation of Abysinnia, 
or its domination by a great European power will 
mean the training of the biggest and most danger- 
ous black army the world has ever seen." I have 
treated this sign of the times largely, because it is 
this fourth beast who is holding sway at the Lord's 
Return. And this sign is often neglected in our stud- 
ies. 

2. The Return of the Jew to Palestine. 
So much is accessible to the Christian public that 
little need be said on this subject. In Matthew 24 : 
32ff we read the Lord's own statement that the bud- 
ding of the Fig tree (The Jewish Nation) is an in- 
dication that "it is near even at the doors." 

It is significant that a total of 1,962 Jews left 
America to settle in Palestine during the last twelve 
months. Of this number 1,601 entered Palestine as 
capitalists, bringing with them a total of not less 
than $5,500,000. "Bring thy sons from afar, their 
silver and their gold with them" Isa. 60:9. If you 
have never studied for yourself some of the mar- 



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velous prophecies in which God promises to bring 
the Jews back to their own land read Deuteronomy 
30:1-9; Jeremiah 32:37-44; 33:1-14. These three 
simple readings alone will show you for yourself 
why the world is watching the Jew as he treks to 
the land of his fathers, after centuries of homeless 
wandering. Remember, this is a sign of the Lord's 
return. 

3. The Apostasy Within the Church. 

The writer recently spent a half day with a num- 
ber of Brethren ministers. In rapid succession they 
bore testimony to the increasing and amazing bold- 
ness with which Church people embrace the world 
and at the same time manifest their indifference to 
spiritual things. A very successful pastor in the city 
of Muncie, Indiana, who has been very successful in 
his revival efforts exclaimed in dismay the other 
day that never had he seen such indifference among 
church people and never had a revival so failed for 
him. A Friends minister just yesterday spoke his 
feeling that the alarming indifference of his own 



members to their coming revival indicated a sudden 
change of interest in the Lord's work. He considered 
this a very great sign of the Lord's near return. The 
nationally known Lutheran Hour Preacher a few 
weeks ago screamed out at an American Christen- 
dom for their worldliness in pulpit and pew, indi- 
cating the imminency of the Lord's return. With | 
Blood Atonement, the Deity of our blessed Lord, j 
the Authenticity of the Word of God doubted and 
scoffed at on every hand, the Second coming ridi- l 
culed in pulpits is it any stretch of the imagination 
to see that "The love of many" is waxing cold, and 
iniquity is abounding? We are rapidly getting to 
the place where professed members of Christ's 
church persecute the faithful teacher of the Word 
who protests against the very things the Bible for- 
bids. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 expressly states that the 
falling away will come first. It is here. One third 
of all the churches in America last year did not 
realize a single convert! Lift up your heads, your 
redemption draweth nigh! 
Oakville, Indiana. 



A Preachers Contribution to a Christian America 



Rev. W. H. Schaffer 



Jesus Said, "Go ye into all the world and preach 
the Gospel to every creature." He asked for a uni- 
versal proclamation. 

The burden of this message is generally laid on 
the preacher's shoulders and in a great measure 
he is responsible. It is however, the business of all 
Christians to proclaim the unsearchable riches of an 
Almighty Savior both by words and consistent daily 
Christian living. 

The preacher is generally considered a leader be- 
cause of his position in society. Many a true shep- 
herd has been handicapped because of the lack of 
cooperation. The cares of this world, the desire for 
material gain and the lost art of holy meditation on 
the part of many members of the flock has with- 
held the possible advances of the cause of Christ. 

We are amazed at the enormous yearly crime bill 
of this nation. Statistics show us that our present 
crime bill for one year is $125 for every man, wom- 
an and child in the United States. What is the rem- 
edy? A better policed nation? More laws against 
crime? We have a larger police force and we are 
legislating more laws against crime than we have 
heretofore and crime continues on the increase. Is 
there no way of ciaishing this growing menace? 
Yes, one of the ways is a more thorough and 
straightforward preaching of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. A truly born again soul is a very poor crime 
risk! 



America can get secular book reviews, lectures on 
Shakespeare and entertainments from other places 
than from the pulpits of our churches. America 
expects from her pulpits something different than 
she can get any other place. She anticipates food for 
her soul. She longs for contact of God through His 
only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to sin-sick human- 
ity. She desires to know the way of escape from 
the turmoil and tribulations of an enslaving mate- 
rial world order. 

Where will she find an escape from all this high 
pressure living if it is not by the preaching of the 
Word of God? The waiting lists for our peniten- 
tiaries and reform schools are running competition 
to the yearly church enrollments. Where can the 
fault be laid? Must the preacher bear it all? Has 
his let down concerning the power and terribleness 
of sin encouraged a compromise with sin among his 
people? Has he been meeting the demands of a 
"softer pedal" against sin by a congregation which 
loves to play with it? It is a sad story but all too 
true in many cases. When men and women begin 
to doubt God's Word concerning the everlasting de- 
struction of those who choose other than God's guar- 
anteed salvation there always follows a great spirit- 
ual and moral decay. 

Yes, the preachers of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus 
Christ have a great part to play toward a Christian 
America. There is another phase of the subject that 



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must not be overlooked. Our Lord before returning 
to glory revealed to his disciples on more than one 
occasion that shortly before His return in glory this 
world would grow more wicked (Matthew chap. 24) . 
As preachers should we therefore throw up our 
hands and say there can be nothing done about it? 
No, as long as we have any influence in this world 
towards righteousness we should exert it. There is 
a danger however of an over emphasis in this di- 
rection. Preachers have lost their power in soul 
winning by entangling themselves too deeply in the 
net of civic reform. 



The first duty of every preacher should be the 
winning of precious souls for the Lord Jesus Christ 
by a clear-cut presentation of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. Secondarily he should exercise whatever in- 
fluence he has in the direction of civic righteous- 
ness. Our Lord never declared that the Gospel He 
asked to be proclaimed to the uttemiost parts of 
this earth would be universally accepted. Therefore 
it is not our primary duty to contend for civic re- 
form and righteousness but the saving of souls for 
the Kingdom of God. 
Conemaugh, Pa. 



A Layman's Contribution to a Christian America 



F. B. Frank 



We Wish it Were Possible that we could say of 
our nation "In God do we trust," then could we say 
we live in a Christian America. But since we as a 
nation do not put our trust in God, nevertheless God 
has not turned His back on us, but is longsuffering 
to US-ward, not willing that any should perish, but 
that all should come to repentance, II Peter 3 :9. And 
God has entrusted His program of redemption unto 
His Witness that they through the leading of the 
Holy Spirit shall contribute through their daily 
service and consecrated lives the GOOD NEWS of 
salvation to America. Therefore, we as Christian 
laymen have much to contribute to America. Evan- 
gelism challenges us to better service. We are re- 
minded to "Lift our eyes and look on the fields ; for 
they are white already to harvest." John 4:35. There 
never was a time when opportunities for harvesting 
souls for our Lord Jesus Christ were as numerous 
as today. Men have lost faith in material things, 
their hearts are failing them for fear and because 
of troublous times on all hands, they are eager to 
hear of the love of Christ and the peace which comes 
through giving their hearts to Him. 

Christian laymen of the Brethren Church have 
much to contribute to a Christian America. First — 
our Home Mission Board has a program whereby 
every layman could be drafted into service in 
spreading evangelism into the most remote places 
of America, thus enlarging our work and opening 
up places of worship so that those who have been 
born again with the New Birth may have a church 
in which to serve their Lord and be the means of 
bringing others into the fellowship that he is so rich- 
ly enjoying. Now is the time for our laymen to "let 
your light so shine before men that they may see 
your good works and glorify your Father which is 
in Heaven." Matt. 5:16. What America needs most 



of all is more light shining forth along the dark ave- 
nues of our country. 

Then secondly, we as a church have a message for 
this day and hour — the whole Gospel. In John 3:8 
we read, "We therefore ought to receive such, that 
we might be fellow-helpers to the truth." As Chris- 
tian laymen of the Brethren Church banded togeth- 
er in unity and power we could do much in spread- 
ing this glorious gospel to others throughout our 
land. Our Laymen's Organization went on record 
at Winona Lake at last National Conference to as- 
sist in the interests of our church — to take a deep 
interest in our boys' work, by giving financial help 
etc., also to revive the student's aid fund, thus giv- 
ing financial help to our young men entering the 
ministry while they are going through their college 
career. As laymen of our church we want to have a 
part in the Evangelistic fervor of our Home Mission 
Board and it is our desire that our organization 
shall be to the Home Board what the Women's Mis- 
sionary Society is to the Foreign Board. If we 
could accomplish this, if the laymen in each of our 
churches would organize themselves for service, 
what great things could be done for our Lord in this 
country. We believe the Laymen's Organization has 
a program that will contribute much to the welfare 
of the Brethren Church in America. If you are in- 
terested write to Dr. M. P. Puterbaugh of Ashland, 
Ohio for details. 

Brethren Laymen let us work together this com- 
ing year for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for 
our beloved church and may our labors contribute 
much toward the making of Christians in our be- 
loved America. 

Have you shared the good news today, my Friend, 
Have you tried a sinner to win? 

Did you tell him the blessed old story, 
That Jesus saves from sii'? 

Philadelphia, Pa. 



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Youth's Contribution to a Christian America 



Mrs. Leila Polman 



\ 



It Would Be a very wonderful thing if this sub- 
ject could be discussed entirely from the affirmative, 
but this cannot be so. Our hearts are made sad as 
we read and heart of the attacts of the evil one upon 
the youth of our land. So our first thought will be 
negatively. 

When leaders of our educational institutions, 
thank God this is not true of our own college, place 
man's mind as supreme, no one to dictate as to their 
behaviour, to believe nothing our minds cannot un- 
derstand, which does away with all faith, that we 
live for today, then the law of the flesh takes con- 
trol. For I sumbit to you, that, apart from the one 
fact of the realization upon the part of people, young 
and older, that they are under the personal and di- 
vine control of the living God, that they must give 
a personal account of every thought, and every deed 
to Him, that each of us would in our natural state, 
inevitably gravitate to the law of the jungle, which 
says, "do as you please," satisfy the lust of the flesh, 
without any regard for the higher moral laws. Let 
us eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die, 
seems to be the rule of this day. Submitting to a 
higher authority is the stumbling block. 

In some colleges our young people are told to 
lay aside any Sunday school teachings, that no think- 
ing person believes the Bible. A certain professor 
in Yale has the reputation of making atheists of all 
who come under his influence. Nevertheless God has 
reserved to Himself a few faithful schools. 

The A. A. A. A. society is doing its deadly work in 
our High schools and Colleges, with organizations 
calling themselves; "The Fallen Angels," "The 
Devil's Angels," "Damned Souls Society," etc., 
whose head is called, "His Satanic Majesty." 



Realizing this, I believe the greatest challenge of 
all times has come to our youth of our land. 

The grouping together of Christian youth is nec- 
essary to combat the joined forces of the evil one. 
So our Christian Endeavor Societies, Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha, Young Men and Boys Brother- 
hood, and like organizations have their important 
part to play in the Youths' Contribution to a Chris- 
tian America. 

The ideals and teachings given our young people 
is most necessary. We should all feel our responsi- 
bility in indoctrinating and teaching them. The op- 
posing forces spare not effort, time, or money in 
spreading their propaganda to the young. They ! 
realize it will not be long until they are the lead-| 
ers of our country. So let us at every opportunity, 
help to establish our youth in the Word of God, that I 
they in turn, will be faithful in giving it out. I 

Let us pray that our own youth be led out into 
service. The minister or mission work is still the 
highest calling a young person can aspire unto, but 
too often, young people are rather discouraged from 
choosing service in the church for their life work. 

A great evangelist was once asked why it was we 
were not having as many preachers among our 
young men as there were at one time, and he re- 
plied, "not so many mothers pray that their sons be 
called to the ministry, or to the service of the Lord." 
Let us encourage our young people, and show them 
the greatest thing they can do is to contend for the 
faith once delivered, to defend, and preach the 
Word of the Living God. 
Ft. Wayne, Ind. 



JOURNEYING IN THE EASTERN SUDAN 



From Port Said we had only a short trip through 
the canal and down the Red Sea to Port Sudan. A 
few days of glaring water and red rocks void of 
a single blade of grass, and then the ship's head 
was turned toward a lowlying bit of coastline. Pres- 
ently we noticed that we were heading for a har- 
bour, at the back of which a dusty and dry-looking 



town began to make its appearance — our first im- 
pression of Port Sudan. We were soon ashore, and 
in spite of the heat — and it was like standing by 
the open door of a mighty furnace — we were great- 
ly impressed by the place. Everything was under 
perfect management. Such public services as ferry- 
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ixed tariffs. The whole place was as clean as a hos- 
tital. A few days were spent here of necessity, but 
iventually we boarded the train and started our 
ourney to the interior. From the comfortable in- 
ide of the railway carriage we looked upon the 
Irabbest panorama of khaki-coloured sand, burned 
md burning rock, and woebegone wilderness that 
he mind of man could conceive. In places a few 
ufts of hay-coloured grass hung their shamefaced 
leads as though they had no right in such a place 
md knew it. Most wonderful to behold, we occa- 
;ionally saw a bivouac-tent and camel, and some- 
imes goats, of a wandering desert-dweller and his 
'amily, but what these animals and humans sur- 
vived on is a testimony to the simplicity of their 
rants. Our hearts went out to them in sympathy. 
During the night the train travelled on across this 
iesert, and in the morning the view from the car- 
riage window was unchanged. As my eyes became 
nore accustomed to objects I suddenly noticed that 
;he public highway was also making its way 
ilongside the railway track. This was not discernible 
it first, but presently the ruts made by some form- 
er wheels became quite apparent, and by this we 
mew it was the road. Here and there along this Via 
Dolorosa were piles of bones and skeletons of cam- 
els, and as one viewed the whole landscape one's 
thoughts went back to the people who do all their 
travelling on roads of this sort, and of what were 
the thoughts of the white man who planned and 
laid the railway track. At last, Khartoum ! From 
the wilderness we suddenly ran into this beautiful 
town. On the way we had occasional glimpses of 
the Nile, but here in Khartoum we wdtnessed its 
power to heal the soil. Canon Harper met us at the 
station, and conveyed us to Clergy House, where for 
the next four days we were the guests of Bishop 
Gwynne. Everybody was kind to us. After the des- 
ert this town is a green fairyland. There is a 
municipal arrangement whereby all the lawns and 
gardens are inundated two or three times a week 
with water from the Nile, while the streets are laid 
out in park fashion and avenued with trees. The 
Bishop took us over to see Omdurman, and coming 
back we looked out into the desert. A couple of hun- 
dred yards off we saw a big rainwater pool. I re- 
marked on it, and the Bishop laughed. "You are not 
the first who has been taken in by that," he said. 
"Did you ever hear of the sergeant who sent his 
men with a bucket to draw from it?" It was the 
mirage. It was the more cruel because it looked so 
fair. "The Devil's Pool" the people appropriately 
call it. 

Again the train. This time our destination was 
the town of Rahad, from whence we had to start 
our long trek south to the Moro Hills. Once more 
sand and more sand, and then the landscape under- 
went a change. Shrubs began to appear and then 



trees, and they increased in number. At last Ra- 
had was reached, about twenty-four hours from 
Khartoum. Here Mr. Mills met us and hurriedly got 
our baggage out of the van; the remainder of our 
stuff had preceded us. Mr. Mills was in a hurry to 
get on the road, for the weather had been good for 
trekking, and as the heavy rains were overdue there 
was no knowing how soon the weather would break. 
Next morning we started off with a sun in the 
sky that promised to remain shining for at least 
twelve hours. Fickle sun. We had barely been trav- 
elling an hour when we noticed the black clouds roll 
up. "We may just get the tail-end of this storm," 
we thought, and proceeded on our way joyfully. The 
camels plodded on grumblingly, but the donkeys we 
were riding wanted very much to turn tail and go 
home, wise brutes. Presently the rain broke over 
our heads, soaked us, and seemed to be passing on 
to the west. Before it passed right over, however, it 
changed its mind and doubled back on its tracks, 
washed us out again, and then seemed to decide 
southwards. For one brief moment the sky cleared 
as the rain coursed south, and then it did an about- 
turn once more, and again poured its wetness down 
our miserable necks. To get to the Nuba Mountains 
one has to pass over miles and miles of black cot- 
ton soil, which is quite navigable in the dry season, 
but like a black (African) edition of the Goodwin 
Sands in the wet. The soaking of our garments only 
made us uncomfortable; it was not that that we 
minded. Underfoot was the sphere of our anxiety. 
In the desert, it had been sand, sand, sand. Now it 
was mud, mud, mud. Again my fancy was back in 
France, and once more I plodded the duckboards, 
but there were no duckboards here, and the ani- 
mals were getting the wind up properly. They were 
sinking over the fetlocks, and the smell of wet an- 
imal was most enthralling, I do assure you. At last 
we got to an island in this ocean of mud, a small 
brown soil patch on which an Arab had put up a 
few grass huts. These Arabs are hospitable, and our 
lonely sheikh gave us accommodation and a fire for 
the night. We were not troubled with the smoke 
from that fire. It went straight through the hole in 
the roof, while we found enough space around the 
sides to sit comfortably and dry ourselves, and af- 
ter that to lie down and sleep. It rained on the fol- 
lowing day, but more leniently, then on the follow- 
ing one also; but all things come to an end some- 
time, and at last we arrived at Abri, the headquar- 
ters of the Sudan United Mission on this side. 



Speaking silence is better than senseless speech. 



"There are a good many problems before the 
American people today, and before me as President, 
but I expect to find the solution of those problems 
just in the proportion that I am faithful in the study 
of the Word of God."— Woodrow Wilson. 



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Across Africa on a Lorry 

Selected from the Lightbearer 



As A Novice in this kind of travel, may I be al- 
lowed to give a few of the impressions I gained on 
this, my first trek. 

I am not writing purely from a missionary point 
of view — I can leave that to others. I think some 
readers may like to have a more general idea of the 
conditions of life in the Sudan, and other matters 
which missionaries might not think worth while or 
care to mention. 

Trekking through the Sudan on a motor-lorry can 
scarcely be called joyriding, unless it is for the joy 
of a new experience. The question I have been 
asked most frequently since I got back is, "Did you 
enjoy the trip?" I feel rather like a young Scottish 
lassie who took a five-shilling cheap trip from Aber- 
deen to Ayr to see the birthplace of Burns. When 
she got back a friend asked her how she liked it. 
"A' weel," she replied, "it was an awful lang hurl 
for the money; but I like fine to say I've been there." 
That very aptly expresses my own feelings. I'm glad 
I've been there — but I'm heartily glad to be back 
home again. 

After telling one of my friends some of my ex- 
periences, she said, "Oh I should not like to live out 
there," to which my wife quietly replied, "Mission- 
aries don't go because they like it — they are willing 
to go for Christ's sake." One reason I am glad to 
have been is that I may be able to throw some side- 
lights on a missionary's life. 

One of the chief reasons for our going out was to 
visit our Mission stations in the Anglo-Egyptian Su- 
dan. We have a group of stations some four hundred 
miles south of Khartoum and about one hundred 
miles from the Abyssinian border. In that district 
alone we covered about one thousand miles on lor- 
ries over some of the bumpiest roads I have even 
been on. At times I felt as if my neck might be dis- 
located with the sudden jerks. Thirty or forty miles 
at a stretch over hard-baked, corrugated mud, with 
every now and then a sudden dive into the dry bed 
of a stream, or a bump into a big hole in the road. 
It is a splendid cure for liver complaints. Yes, I'm 
glad I have had the experience, for once — that's 
quite enough, and far too much to long for more. 

Of course. Government officials, pioneer traders, 
and missionaries — the only folk who use the roads 
— will smile at such a description and say, "What 
nonsense." That is only because they have become 
used to such conditions and have lost all sense of 
proportion. I'm quite sure most of my readers would 
feel as I felt, and that is why I write so feelingly. If 



ever I go again, I shall take with me a pair oi 
pneumatic-seated trousers to act as shock-absorb- 
ers! 

In the rainy season the black, sunbaked mud be- 
comes soft like putty, and even veterans admit it is 
"the limit." It sticks to the wheels of any vehicle; 
cycling and motoring are impossible. It sticks to 
one's shoes; camels slither about like ships in dis- 
tress; bulls, oxen, and donkeys are the only means 
of transport. 

So much for the roads. What about the climate' 
We were there in what they call the cold ( !) season, 
but the thermometer made a fair show at 104 de 
grees in the shade. In Britain we grumble when 11 
climbs to eighty degrees, at ninety degrees people 
begin to drop down and die — in Africa at 104 de- 
grees we grin and bear it. Thirst is insatiable ; half 
a dozen cups of tea leave one longing for half a doz- 
en more. As for "Africa's sunny fountains" rolling 
down the golden sand — it's a poet's dream. There 
is plenty of sand to perform on, but no fountains. 
We travelled for over twelve hundred miles without 
sejeing running water of any kind except one or 
two tiny trickles of warm, slimy water. Rivers and 
streams were all dried up. 

And the scenery ! We saw the fine, rugged peaks 
of the Nuba Mountains. They certainly are grand. 
I live close to our beautiful lake district of Cumber- 
land and Westmorland, and some of the hills we 
passed made me feel homesick. There were moun- 
tains, but, alas, no lakes. Instead of our beautiful 
valleys of verdant green, there was dried-up vege- 
tation. In some parts near the Upper Nile, there are 
literally hundreds of miles of perfectly flat, dried- 
up bush land ; and in other parts, land without bush, 
where as far as the eye could reach there was noth- 
ing but dried, burnt grass. I think it was in these 
parts that I most pitied the lot of our missionaries. 
To be condemned to live there to me would be dread- 
ful ; but our missionaries smiled at the privilege of 
doing so. 

Just a few words about some of the other delight- 
ful creatures one is likely to meet with — snakes, 
scorpions, centipedes, beetles, flies, ants, mosqui- 
toes, most of these in various assorted sizes and col- 
ors, to suit all tastes, and, as one wag has put it, 
"most of them bite and all of them tickle." Big 
game I need not mention, for I saw none, unless hy- 
enas, jackals, antelopes, monkeys, and baboons be 
classed as such. Only once did we hear a leopard 
growl, as we were putting up our camp-beds in the 
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I havQ said enough to show that the Sudan is by 
means a pleasure resort. What, then, can induce 
rhite men. to choose such a country to live in ? Sure- 
7 there must be some impelling force. For the trad- 
r the love of money may account for sacrificing the 
menities of ordinary life. For the Government of- 
icial a strong sense of loyalty to king and country, 
nd in not a few cases of duty to God and man. The 
tritish officials of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan are 
len of whom we may feel justly proud. For the 
lissionary, "the love of Christ constrains him." 

A special reason for our going on this trip was 
3 confer with the Government officials and our 
wn staff about the work of the Mission. The An- 
lo-Egyptian Sudan is being rapidly developed. The 
Government are encouraging the natives to grow 
otton and other crops. This is bringing the people 
ito touch with outside influences, especially with 
[le Moslem traders. The officials are anxious that 
tiq effoi'ts to meet the educational, moral, and spir- 
tual needs of the people shall not lag behind these 
conomic forces. The need is urgent, and they want 
s to send out more workers immediately. A careful 
urvey was made at the Conference, of the staff re- 
uired for this purpose, and we decided to appeal 
or at least fifteen new workers for the Anglo- 
Jgyptian Sudan. (We also require about thirty more 
or other parts of the Sudan, but more of this lat- 

r). 

Let me tell you something about the people for 
i^hom these fifteen new workers are required. The 
)inkas and Shilluks of the Upper Nile are a fine 
ndependent race. Many of the men stand six feet 
igh or more. Their features are somewhat Egjrp- 
ian. They are of a roving disposition, moving away 
rom the river in the rainy season, to cultivate their 
arms, and during the dry season gravitating back 
the Nile for water for their cattle. The Krongo 
ribesmen of the Nuba Mountains are quite differ- 
nt. They are also a strong, athletic, study type. The 
tien have well-developed muscles; they are fond of 
ports, especially wrestling. The young men go into 
raining for this and are most abstemious. They 
arely marry before twenty-five years of age. They 
luild very neat mud or stone huts with thatched 
oofs ; usually five huts compose a family compound. 
/[any of them live on the rocky heights of the moun- 
ains and cultivate the ground in terraces. These 
ribes are amongst the most virile to be found in 
Africa. The Government officials are proud of them 
,nd are anxious to treat them well. During our con- 
erence one of them said, "These people are worthy 
if the best that can be given them in religion and 
iducation;" and he added, "The best that can be 
riven is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, as set 
brth in the lives and teaching of white men." 

What a challenge to us at home! I have never 
mown such a unique opportunity for the advance of 



God's kingdom in the Mission field. These words 
should be echoed far and wide. They are a trumpet 
call to advance. "These people are worthy of the 
best that can he given them in religion and educa- 
tion, and the best that can be given is the Gospel 
of our Lord Jesus Christ as set forth in the lives 
a'lid teaching of white men." Not the wild statement 
of somei missionary enthusiast, but the calm, con- 
sidered judgment of a leading Government official. 

Can we hesitate to take up the challenge? God 
forbid ! Impossible ! We must advance. It is a call to 
action — and immediate action. I have purposely 
shown some of the hardships workers may be called 
on to endure. Hardships and dangers never daunt 
true men. We want volunteers — the very best — men 
who can endure hardness for Christ's sake. We 
want money to undertake the work. The challenge 
is just as much for funds as it is for men. If we 
cannot give our lives, can we withhold our money? 
Surely not! Who then is willing to consecrate his 
wealth to the Lord ? 

Last, but not least, if we are to meet this chal- 
lenge, we need a strong, sincere, earnest band of 
praying men and women determined to see this 
thing through. We want volunteers for this; send 
in your name, enroll today, the need is pressing. 

W. B. Redmayne. 



There is nothing to be compared with the joy 
found in service, when striving to make God's way 
our way. — Mildred G. Paul. 



THE MEANING OF PRAYER 

A Breath of prayer in the morning 

Means a day of blessing sure; 
A breath of prayer in the evening 

Means a night of rest secure. 

A breath of prayer in our weakness 
Means the clasp of a mighty hand ; 

A breath of prayer when lonely 
Means some one to understand. 

A breath of prayer in our sorrows 
Means comfort and peace and rest ; 

A breath of prayer in our doubtings 
Assures the Lord knows best. 

A breath of prayer in rejoicing 

Gives joy and added delight; 
For they that remember God's goodness 

Go singing far into the night. 

There's never a day nor a season 

That prayer may not bless every hour ; 

And never a soul need be helpless 

When linked with God's infinite power. 

— Selected 



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SIGNAL LIGHTS 

DEPARTMENT 

Program For February, 1936 

Mis. Herbert L. Briscoe 



Song : "I Love to Tell the Story." 

Opening Prayer — For the missionaries who are 

giving the message in Africa. 
Scripture: Matt. 5:13-16. 
Memory Verse: Matt. 5:16. 
Missionary Story : 

We will begin our voyage with Miss Mary Em- 
mert. She has been spending the past year in the 
Homeland. As she returns to Africa can we imag- 
ine we are sailing with her as we read this first 
letter she has written to the Signal Lights ? 
Dear Children: 

How would you children like to go with me to 
Africa on the good ship Imagination? Its a long 
trip over there, you know. In fact it will take us four 
weeks on the ocean alone. Just think of nothing but 
water as far as you can see! Up and down the 
waves go, and of course the boat does the same ; and 
besides that — it rolls back and forth from side to 
side. On it goes. Aren't we glad, though, when we at 
last see land one morning as we look out the little 
round port-hole in our cabin and find that the boat 
isn't moving but is just rocking gently in the water? 
You see they have tied it fast to the dock, and what 
we see is one of the coast towns of Africa. 

We find there are to be many stops like this be- 
fore we reach the port where we are to get off the 
boat. The ship's captain says he must stop often to 
leave goods that are being shipped to these ports, 
to take on what they have for sale, and what is more 
important to us, to take on more coal to keep the 
engines running, so we'll have power to go on our 
way. It is interesting to watch the Africans run 
back and forth helping to load the peanuts and 
palm nuts which are put down in the hold. This is 
our first sight of the black man in his own house. 
We decide to get off the boat after breakfast and 
stroll around the town a bit. The people seem 
friendly but we can't understand a word they say. 
Isn't it too bad we don't know their language? 

The market is a very interesting place. Let us 
go there to see what they have to sell. Instead of 
putting their wares on tables, most of the natives 
have spread them on little piles on a mat on the 
ground. Each penny's worth of peanuts, and other 
like products is already measured out and heaped 



up in a separate little pyramid. There sits the mer 
chant on the ground behind his goods, his legs crossec 
in Eastern style. It is more like a play stpre than i 
real market except for the large number of sellen 
and for the crowd of people constantly wanderinj 
around. 

Here we are ready to go back to the ship again 
I see one of you has brought a cocoanut and anothe 
a red banana. "If you couldn't speak their languag 
how did you manage to buy the fruit?" 

"That's easy enough," you tell me. "We just point 
ed to what we wanted and they said something w 
couldn't understand. Then we offered them a coii 
and they held up their fingers to show how man; 
coins like that they wanted." 

"Yes, that was all right if you knew how mucl 
the fruit was worth. Otherwise they were sure t 
ask you two or three times the price when they sa'v 
you didn't know. Then you should have shaken you 
head 'no' and offered them about a third of wha 
they said. If necessary you could later raise you 
ovm bid to about half what they asked. That's th 
way one must learn to bargain in Africa." 

One of you has some great long bananas about i 
foot long and everyone is secretly longing for ; 
piece. But alas when at last they are passed aroun 
you find that they are not good to eat at all. It 1 
about like trying to eat uncooked squash. What 
disappointment ! There's nothing to do but give ther 
to the pet monkey on the top deck. Someone tell 
us that they are really plantains and not banana 
and must be cooked to be good. 

The ship moves out again. The next time w 
stop far out from port. The captain explains tha 
they must pay too much to dock each time. Soo: 
there come a number of canoes with a black mai 
in each. We laugh as we see how they are dressec 
for they each wear a stiff hat and a necktie bu 
nothing else but shorts. The necktie around thei 
bare necks looks funny, but soon find that their ob 
ject is to make us laugh. They sing a few songs am 
make funny remarks to the passengers. Someon 
throws them a coin which splashes in the water 
Quick as a flash off goes the plug hat and off ii 
the water goes the occupant of the nearest canoe 
The water is so clear one can see the black fee 
kicking around below. Soon up comes the diver 
takes the piece of money out of his mouth and dis 
plays it in triumph. The fun lasts as long as anj 
one continues to throw coins into the water. Wi 
admire the skill of the diver in recovering his canoi 
and climbing back in without upsetting it. 

As we continue our journey it becomes warmei 
and we spend some time each day playing on th< 
deck. The games are often interrupted by a cry o: 
"flying fish." Everyone rushes to the railing to see 
Sometimes there is a whole school of good sized fisi 



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23 



imping out of the water one after another. They 
se at least a foot out of the water and do not seem 
) mind the nearness of the boat. 
The captain tells us that on one of his return trips 
e felt he should turn his ship off its usual course, 
[e did not know what made him do so, but he kept 
ji closer than usual to the shore although still far 
ut of sight of land. Perhaps he understood why he 
Vas led to change his route better later, for the next 
ay the man in the crow's nest sighted an object a 
mg way off. Do you know where the crow's nest 
3? It is way at the top of that tall mast that looks 
ke a steel pole. Although you didn't notice him be- 
ore, someone is always up there as a lookout. That's 
omething like our guardian angel who is continual- 
jr watching over us to keep us from harm, isn't it ? 
Well, this man reported to the Captain who then 
legan to steer the ship nearer the small object he 
ould see on the horizon. He soon made out through 
lis field glasses that it was a raft with several peo- 
(le on it. He sent out a small boat to pick them up. 
rhe sailors found that it was a crudely made raft 
vith five Africans aboard, who, you can imagine, 
vere overjoyed to see them. These natives had made 
he raft for the purpose of crossing the mouth of 
he Congo River in order to pick palm nuts. The 
•iver was so swift that they had been unable to 
nake it cross and had been swept out to sea. They 



had been in this plight two days without a thing 
to eat nor any water to drink when the steamer 
sighted them. Boats very seldom travel at that par- 
ticular place in the ocean, so I'm sure the captain 
was glad he listened to the voice that led him to 
turn off his regular course. Everyone was so happy 
over the rescue, but none more so than the men 
themselves. 

Don't you wish that we could help save some of 
these poor black people from death? Who knows? 
Perhaps we can. 

Your friend, 

Mary L. Em meet 

Song: "Let the Lower Lights be Burning." 

Report of the D. W. B's. 

Roll Call. 

Offering. 

Secretary's Report. 

Announcements. 

Closing Song : "I Will Make You Fishers of Men." 

Signal Light's Benediction. 



LIGHTING WITHOUT LOSING 
They tell us that candles do not lose any heat by 
lighting other candles. Here is a natural law which 
finds ample illustration in the spiritual world. 

— Selected 



iZA 



?7^. 



PRAISE AND 

PRAYER 



FEBRUARY 
jEt Us Praise God: 

1. For the fact that His love is ever- 
asting. 

2. For the prosperity we find in Him 
hat cannot be found in the world. 

3. For His Son that made the great- 
est sacrifice of all on the cross. 

jET Us Pray God: 

1. To prepare us for sacrifices. 

2. To quicken our sympathy for 
hose around us. 

3. To bless the work we are now 
;rying to do. 

4. To intensify our longings 
;hus multiply our power. 



and 



How sharper than a serpent's tooth 
it is 
To have a thanklesh child. 

— Shakespeare. 



Southern California District W. M. S. Conference 



O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a 
heart replete with thankfulness. 

— Shakespeabe. 



This conference met October 29th at 
Camp Bethel. The President, Mrs. 
Charles Mayes, opened the morning 
session at 10:30. This session was held 
out of doors. The report of the Secre- 
tary-Treasurer was read and accepted. 
The Treasurer's report showed $202.69 
going through the treasury this year. 
The greater part of this money was 
paid to the Bassai Fund. The confer- 
ence also pays to its President $15.00 
toward expenses to National Confer- 
ence. 

The Southern California District has 
accepted into its organization a new 
society at every meeting. The society 
of the Bellflower Church was our baby 
society at this meeting. Glendale So- 
ciety was accepted at the April meet- 
ing. We hope to continue this until 
every church in this district has a W. 
M. S. 

After caring for the old business the 
morning session was brought to a 
close. 

Lunch was served in the dining room 
of the camp. Mrs. Mayes, our retiring 
President who will soon leave for the 
east, was presented with a cake and 
a farewell song was sung in her honor. 
Mrs. Mayes has been a worthy presi- 



dent and we are sorry to lose her, but 
our loss will be other's gain. 

The La Veme Society was our 
hostess of the day and served a lovely 
luncheon. 

California, running true to form, 
changed the weather which is unusual. 
It began to rain and we were com- 
pelled to stay indoors for the after- 
noon session. 

Miss Johanna Neilsen, our returned 
missionary from South America, took 
Us on a trip to the missionary stations. 
We saw again the real sacrifice of 
those on our South American Mission 
Field. Her talk was greatly appreci- 
ated by all. 

The following officers were elected 
for the new year. President, Mrs. W. 
A. Ogden, Los Angeles; Vice President, 
Mrs. Hari-y Good, Pomona; Secretary, 
Mrs. Ray Runyon, Los Angeles; Treas- 
urer, Mrs. Beatrice B. Sternquist, 
South Gate. This concluded the busi- 
ness session and the conference was 
adjourned to meet again in April, 1936. 
There were 150 in attendance at this 
meeting. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. Ray Runyon, Dist. Sec'y 



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January 11, 193! 



Minutes oF the Pennsylvania 

District W. M. S. Conference 



Sessions held in the First Brethren 
Church of Waynesbore, Oct. 7-10, 1935. 
Tuesday October 8, 8:30 A. M. 

The first W. M. S. session opened 
by singing, "What a Friend We Have 
in Jesus." Mrs. Ashman led the sing- 
ing and conducted the devotions. She 
talked on "Co-workers to-gether with 
God," basing her remarks on I Cor. S: 
9; John 14:3 and II Tim. 2:20, 21, and 
closed with prayer. 

After the President had brought 
words of welcome and greeting, the fi- 
nancial report for tlie year of the Sec- 
retary-Treasurer was read and accept- 
ed. The President then read the Na- 
tional Budget, presented the Mission 
Study text, "Toward a Christian Amer- 
ica," and explained the required Bible 
reading for the year. The following 
committees were appointed : 
Nomination 

Mrs. Greaves, Phila. 1st Church. 

Mrs. John Rishel, Pittsburgh. 

Mrs. Joseph Gingrich, Johnstown, 
3rd. 

Resolutions 

Mrs. Floyd Seibert, Masontown. 

Mrs. N. V. Leatherman, Berlin. 

Mrs. C. H. Ashman, Johnstown, 1st. 
Registration 

Mrs. Wm. Schaffer, Sr., Allentown. 

Mrs. C. K. Snider, Martinsburg. 
Auditing 

Mrs. A. V. Kimmell, Phila. 1st. 

Mrs. W. H. Schaffer, Jr., Cone- 
maugh. 

Miss Lenora Helmick of Masontown 
sang a beautiful solo on "Prayer," af- 
ter which the President closed the ses- 
sion with prayer. 

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 8:30 A. M. 

This session convened by the sing- 
ing of "I am Happy in the Service of 
the King," after which Mrs. S. F. Web- 
er led in prayer and gave a short de- 
votional talk from Phil. 2:5. Mrs. Ken- 
nedy, our returned Missionary from 
Africa, gave an impressive talk from 
John 4:4. "He must needs go through 
Samaria," emphasizing the fact that 
missionaries and those who love Him 
"must needs go." 

Mrs. Floyd Seibert, the Vice Presi- 
dent, gave a talk on "How to make the 
Goals." She showed some practical ex- 
amples of how one society made the 
goals. Our new motto "Living to learn 
and learning to live" was mentioned, 
after which Mrs. Seibert led in pray- 
er. 

Thivrsday, Oct. 10^ 8:30 A. M. 

The attendance at all of the W. M. 
S. sessions was large and the interest 
keen. This morning, Mrs. Seibert led 
the women in singing, "Anywhere with 
Jesus." The devotions were conducted 
by Mrs. Berkshire of Masontown, who 
used Psalm 24 and offered prayer. 



Mrs. Kennedy brought us another stir- 
ring and enlightening message, using 
II Cor. 8:9. She told us of African 
homes and furnishings, education and 
medical treatment. The Credential 
Committee reported 33 registered dele- 
gates, fees $8.25. The election was held, 
the following being elected. President, 
Mrs. D. C. White; Vice President, Mrs. 
Floyd Seibert; 2nd Vice President, 
Mrs. W. H. Schaffer, Jr.; Sec.-Treas., 
Mrs. W. C. Benshoff. 

The Resolutions Committee brought 
the following resolutions: 

Inasmuch as our Heavenly Father 
has permitted us to assemble again in 
blessed fellowship and conference. 

Be it resolved. That we thank Him 
for continued blessing in spiritual and 
material needs; and for the answer to 
prayer in the advancement of our home 
and foreign mission work. 

Be it further resolved, That we urge 
our women to live the separated Chris- 
tian life ; that they teach their children 
the necessity of clean living, disapprov- 
ing the use of intoxicating liquors and 
tobacco; and that they recognize the 
evil influence of attending movies, card 
playing, and the desecration of the 
Lord's Day. 

Be it further resolved, That we sin- 
cerely endeavor to reach all the goals 
stressing the value of spending a por- 
tion of every day in Bible Study and 
prayer. 

Be it also resolved. That we thank 
Mrs. Kennedy and other speakers for 
spiritual inspiration and blessings 
which we have received during the con- 
ference. 

Finally, be it resolved. That we thank 
the women of the Church of the Breth- 
ren of Waynesboro, and also the wom- 



en of the First Brethren Church foj 
their gracious Christian hospitality. 
Respectfully submitted 
Mrs. Floyd Seibert, | 
Mrs. C. H. Ashman. 

Mrs. N. V. LEATHERMA^ 

In-as-much as the Treasurer's repor 
showed a balance in the General Func 
a motion was made that we pay $5, 
(fifty dollars) toward the refrigerate! 
at the Old Folks Home, as our specia' 
gift for the year. An opportunity wa 
then given all the women attending th 
session to make an offering to thii 
same cause. Women joined in repeatinj 
the Lord's Prayer. I 

Thu/rsday afternoon, one o'clock 

The "called" business session of th 
W. M. S. was opened with a prayer b; 
the President. The motion to accept th 
reports of the committees and to than 
them for services rendered carried. Th 
freewill offering given at the mornin, 
meeting amounted to $10.60. A motio 
was made to include this in our gift tc 
ward the refrigerator. It was recoiri 
mended that we make this "project 
our benevolent work for the year i" 
our local societies, each society send 
ing their offering to the District Trea 
surer, who will send it all in togetheif 
Mrs. Kimmell led in prayer. In the eve' 
ning, a gift of $15 was presented t[ 
Mrs. Kennedy, our Conference missionj 
ary, on furlough. . 

Mrs. W. C. Benshoff, Sec.-Treas; 
Pa. Dist. W. M. si 



He thanked God and took couraga 
Acts 28:15. 1 



Some folks will live in the base 
ment of their being and just leave thi 
upper stories unoccupied. 



He that will believe only what h( 
can fully comprehend must have a ver; 
long head or a very short creed. 

— C. C. COLTON 



PROGRAM OF PROGRESS 



February should find every society 
nearing the completion of a Mission 
Study Class covering the book, "To- 
ward a Christian American." If your 
class is not organized and busy be sure 
to get started at once. 

A PROJECT 

Each year as the various Mission 
Study Classes reach their completion 
an opportunity is given for expression 
in the form of a gift to some mission- 
ary endeavor. 

This year for the first time in many 
years our Mission Study covers the 
Home field. Because of this it has been 
suggested that we select a project from 
the home field. Those who have vis- 
ited the Brethren's Home at Flora, In- 
diana have noted the imperative need 
of a refrigerator. At present they are 



"getting by" with a crudely construct- 
ed ice-chest. This is merely a box toe 
large to be kept in the kitchen and 
therefore entails many unnecessarj 
steps by the Matron and her helpers, 
It is a woman killer, unsanitary and 
expensive in upkeep. A suggestion was 
made that the National W. M. S. start 
a fund looking toward a new refriger- 
ator of the mechanical type. Already 
one District has taken steps in this di- 
rection and one society has lifted their 
offering at the close of the Mission 
Study Class. It is hoped that many 
others may see this need and give to 
this worthy cause. Send all such of- 
ferings to Mrs. N. G. Kimmel, West 
Alexandria, Ohio, Rt. 2. 

Note Mrs Kimnael's change of ad- 
dress. 



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25 




MASONTOWN, PA. 
year Sisters of the W. M. S-: 

We extend greetings and best wishes 
3 you from our society. Perhaps a few 
rords from our society would be useful 
D others of like faith. Our work has 
een going forward in a fine manner 
nd we are meeting our goals as they 
ome to us. We have recently added 
welve new members to our society for 
Aich we praise the Lord. We enjoy 

good social time at the close of each 
f our meetings. 

As we approach the close of another 
ear we pray that we may be more 
aithful in tlie future than we have 
een in the past. 

Mrs. T. B. Shoaf, Cor. Sec'y 



BELLFLOWER CALIFORNIA 

The Missionary Society of the First 
irethren Chuixh of Bellflower was or- 
:anized Oct. 17th last, under the di- 
ection of Mrs. Chas. Mayes, who came 
ver from Whittier and gave us val- 
able assistance. Officers were then 
lected and committees appointed for 
lie work. We have now a membership 
f 21 in this six-month-old church of 
,bout 50 members. We have a well- 
illed bag of clothing ready to send to 
lie needy Kentucky mission field and 
re doing some home missionary work 
1 our own community. 

Under the direction of our President, 
Irs. H. R. Hinkel, we have begun the 
tudy of our missionary book. After 
aving met but twice we have seven 
■oals completed. Our next meeting will 
e Jan. 7th when we expect to gain 
ome new members and to see even 
:reater interest in our work. We are 
ery fortunate in having our pastor's 
rife for secretary (also secretary of 
he Sunday school) who is very capable 
a every line of church work. She is a 
jong Beach lady (formerly Miss Cecile 
lobertson) also was a student at Ash- 
and. 

Our pastor, Ernest F. Pine, is an 
Lshland Seminary graduate, who with 
ds wife was at Oak Hill, W. Va., for 
L year until called west last June. He 
ireached his first sermon for us June 
lOth in a tent which had just been 
)0ught and set up for that purpose. 
Dhe tent still stands. Meetings have 
>een held in it, also Sunday school and 
ilndeavor for nearly six months. Bro. 
I. Paul Miller was with us for three 
Rreeks in September and gave us a 
jood start. 

We have 125 chairs in the tent and 
he Sunday school almost fills them, 
)ur largest attendance being 116. Two 
)f the classes meet outside so it is ap- 
parent that we need a new church 
)uilding. 
After many delays, the plans for a 



church are now ready and we have 
hopes that in a very short time the 
work will be started. And so with 
thankful hearts for the blessings of 
the year just closing, we look forward 
with joyful anticipation for whatever 
the Lord has in store for us in the com- 
ing months. 



Lord, send Thy light. 

Not only in the darkest night 

But in the shadowy, dim twilight 

Wherein my strained and aching sight 

Can scarce distinguish wrong from 
right, 



Mrs. F. K. Van Fossen, Cor. Sec'y Then send light. — Exchange. 



W. M. S. Useful Information 



NATIONAL W. M. S. OFFICERS 

President— Mrs. U. J. Shively, 301 W. 
Market St., Nappanee, Indiana. 

First Vice President — Mrs. S. M. Whet- 
stone, 207 North Second St., Goshen, 
Indiana. 

Second Vice President — Mrs. F. B. 
Frank, 7434 Rockwell Ave., Philadel- 
phia, Penna. 

General Secretary — Mrs. Gertrude 
Leedy Briscoe, Rt. 2, Claypool, Ind. 

Financial Secretary — Mrs. N. G. Kim- 
mel, Rt. 2, West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Treasurer — Mrs. M. A. Stuckey, 1111 
King Road, Ashland, Ohio. 

Literature Secretary — Mrs. D. A. C. 
Teeter, Rt. 5, care Donald V. Hollo- 
way, Rochester, Indiana. 

Outlook Editors— Mrs. F. C. Vanator, 
12 South Clay St., Peru, Indiana; 
Miss Helen Garber, 235 East 49th St., 
New York, N. Y. 

Outlook Business Manager — Mrs. Ira 
D. Slotter, 44 West Third St., Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 
Pennsylvania 

President— Mrs. D. C. White, Mt. Pleas- 
ant. 

Vice President — Mrs. F. J. Seibert, 
Masontown. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. W. C. Ben- 
shoff, 122 West Second St., Waynes- 
boro. 

Ohio 

President— Mrs. A. E. Whitted, 1033 
East Main St., Louisville. 

Vice President — Mrs. Laura Prevo, Rt. 
6, Box 125, Dayton. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. T. R. Hen- 
ning, Middlebranch. 

Mid-West 

President — Mrs. L. G. Wood, 615 Low- 
man St., Fort Scott, Kansas. 

Vice-President — Mrs. George E. Cone, 
Portis, Kansas. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Ella Noyes, 
1307 Lane St., Falls City, Nebraska. 
Indiana 

President— Mrs. Clyde Rager, Roann. 

Vice President— Mrs. C. H. Bennett, 
2016 East Market St., Warsaw. 

Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. F. Emerson 
Reed, 509 College Ave., North Man- 
chester. 

Southeastern 

President — Mrs. Geo. M. Simpson, Oak 
Hill, West Virginia. 

Vice President — Mrs. J. R. Laughlin, 
143 King St., Hagerstown, Maryland. 



Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. H. E. Bow- 
man, Harrisonburg, Virginia. 
Northwestern 

President — Mrs. W. Stover, Harrah, 
Washington. 

Vice President — Mrs. A. L. Lantz, N. 
2319 Wall St., Spokane, Washington. 

Secretary Treasurer — Mrs. George Mil- 
ler, Sunnyside, Washington. 
Illiokota 

President — Mrs. George Garber, Lan- 
ark, Illinois. 

Vice President— Mrs. J. B. Paul, 2112 
Walnut St., Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Dale Camp- 
bell, Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Southern California 

President— Mrs. W. A. Ogden, 217 
East 42nd St., Los Angeles. 

Vice President— Mrs. Harry Good, 325 
San Bernardino Avenue, Pomona. 

Secretary— Mrs. Ray Runyon, 1427 E. 
59th St., Los Angeles. 

Treasurer — Mrs. Beatrice B. Stern- 
guist, 8556 Commercial Place, South 
Gate. 



General Information 
Send to Mrs. N. G. Kimmel, Rt. 2, 
West Alexandria, Ohio. 

1. National Apportionment of $1.50 
per member, payable 75 cent in 
January and 75 cents in July. 

2. Offerings for the Seminary. 

3. Thank offerings which are not 
taken to National Conference. 



Send to Mrs. F. C. Vanator, 12 South 
Clay St., Peru, Indiana. 
1. All material for publication in the 

W. M. S. Department of the 

church paper. 



Send to Mrs. Ira D. Slotter, 44 West 
Third Street, Ashland, Ohio 
1. All Outlook (W. M. S. Magazine) 
subscriptions. Note: Each Society 
MUST REVISE their subscription 
list and send in complete revision 
once each year. 

Send to Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter, Rt. 5, 
care Donald V. Holloway, Rochester, 
Indiana. 

1. All orders for books and litera- 
ture. 

Send to your W. M. S. District Secre- 
tary 

1. Your District Dues. 

2. Your District Missionary Support 
of $1.00 per member. 



THE SISTERHOOD 



Do God's Will 



)f MARY Zl 



dnd MARTH/ 



Come With Me to the Kentucky Mountains 



Dear Sisterhood Girls: 

When you meet for your study of home missions, 
we covet your prayers for us too. Although I am 
not working under the board this year, I am doing 
what missionary work I can along with my work of 
teaching in the free school. I continue to pray that 
the people in this community will be won for Christ, 
and that our church may have a part in winning 
them. 

This is a wonderful field for service. I have never 
seen a more needy place. I began working here in 
June. Since then, I have had many interesting ex- 
periences, and many difficulties; yet, the Lord has 
truly been my Shepherd and His presence has made 
it possible for me to say even in the face of diffi- 
culties, "He leadeth me in green pastures, and my 
cup runneth over." 

I would like for you to come with me for a visit 
in this community and see the beauty of the hills. In 
autumn they are a fairyland of beauty. Since you 
cannot visit with us in person, let us go visiting in 
our imagination, and I shall try to give you some 
idea of the people, the need, and the community in 
general. 

Let me first give you some idea of our location. 
Cow Creek is in Owsley County. It is about seven 



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miles from Breathitt County. Since you have hear 
of Breathitt you will have an idea of what Owsle 
is like. "As the crow flies," we are only about thii 
ty miles from Krypton, Kentucky, but by railroa 
it is much farther. We are twelve miles from th 
railroad and do not have much contact with tl 
outside world. 



This is a farming district. The farms have bee; 
handed down from parents to children for man 
generations. There has been very little progress i! 
farming methods or in education. The farmers coi; 
tinue to plow with a mule and to hoe all their cori 
and vegetables by hand. Within the last twent 
years there has been only one student from the "e^ 
tifecomihunity who finished high school. There isi 
gradual awakening in agriculture and educatioi 
Three boys are attending high school this year. The 
ride horseback sixteeii miles a day to attend hig 
school. 

Practically all church services the people ha\ 
attended are those conducted by mountain preachei 
who have very little, if any, education. They usua 
ly take their tex ts from G enesis to Revelation — thj 
is — they ramble on until one'wonaers if the preacl 
er himself understands what he is trying to sa; 



/ am the New Year, and I come to you pure and unstained, 

Fresh from the Jmnd of God. 

Each day, a precious pearl to you is given 

That you must string upon the silver thread of life. 

Once strung can never be unthreaded hut stays 

An undying record of your faith and skill. 

Each golden, minute link you then mv^t weld into the chain of hours 

That is no stronger than its weakest link. 

Into your hands is given all the wealth and power 

To make your life just wJiat you will. 

I give to you, free and unstinted, twelve glorious months 

Of soothing rain and sunshine golden; 

The days for work and rest, the nights for peaceful slumber. 

All that I iuive I give with love unspoken. 

All that I ask — you keep the faith unbroken! 

J. D. Templeton. 



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27 



'here hasn't been a regular Sunday school here for 
long time. 

Our Sunday school was started in June. Since 
len, there have been many trying times. Perhaps 
ou will be interested in hearing about a few of the 
ifficulties — not so much the difficulties as the vic- 
jries that God has given. 

From the first time we had Sunday school, a 
roup of young men, and old men too, gathered at 
ae school house to play cards, and to sell whiskey 
fter Sunday school. The first Sunday they played 
ards down under the trees across from the school 
ouse. The next Sunday they did not bother to go 
far, but stayed right in the school house and 
layed. That was too much. I went to the leader and 
Did him not to let that happen again. I don't know 
That I could have done had they decided to stay 
iere. They left immediately, and in spite of the fact 
[lat all of them were drinking and many of them 
arried guns, they did not say a disrespectful word. 

The "bootlegging" continued. One morning I start- 
d out to dress a knife wound for a boy. On the 
ray I actually smelled that "still" and located it 
asily. You may be sure it was moved immediately, 
ti about a month the men started operating the 
still" again. This time it was only a few hundred 
ards from the schoolhouse! During services there 
ras a continual disturbance. For a while I was very 
iscouraged. I thou;^itj_"5Hiat is the-use,o f try ing 
rhelp the peijple when jthey do not try to help them- 
elves?" I continued to pray and to claim God's 
romises. One week after the worst disturbance oc- 
urred, the county officers raided, found the "still" 
nd broke it up. Now for two weeks there has been 
.0 bootlegging. Please pray that I may have strength 
meet the trials as they come. 

When Sunday school was started we had only one 
ong book. I knew the tune to only one song in it. 
!'he lady who teaches with me in Sunday school 
;new the tune to about three songs. We sang duets 
f those three for about six Sundays. Then I asked 
or an offering for song books. The people gave a 
lollar, and a friend gave another one. I found the 
irice of song books to be aroun d four doll ars a doz- 
n. If we could raise the money for them, no one 
TOuld know the songs, and I could not teach sing- 
ng. We needed another teacher too. 

I prayed for a teacher, a song leader, and song 
>ooks. Humanly speaking, all three seemed almost 
tnpossible^ magin e my joy when a young man came 
even miles, and walked, To offer his help in what- 
iver way we needed him."'(He is a teacher in a mis- 
ion school at Houston, Ky.) Not only can he teach 
ihd sihgnsirrhe^lso preaches and plays the guitar. 
ie knew where we could order small paper-bound 
long books for twelve cents each. We immediately 
)rdered sixteen. When they came, they were not 



small paper-bound ones, but regular sized cloth- 
bound ones ! They had been sent for the same price. 
A few of the backs were slightly soiled, but the in- 
side was all right. Mr. Taylor, the young man who 
teaches does not get to come every Sunday, yet he 
does come often enough to teach new songs. Truly 
God is able to give us more than we ask or think. 

The people here are eager for the Word. When in 
class they listen to each word. (I mean those who 
attend regularly, not the ones who just come to ^ 
disturb). Very few men attend. A common belief 
in the mountains is that a / woman shouldn't lead in 

churc h wo r k, so they do not thinkThey^ should~:at^ 

tend. They think, too, thatSlTn^ay schooTTs just'tor 
women and children. There is only one C hristian 
man i n this community. He attends sometime^ThiF -A<£^ 
summer I had a young fellow in my class who 
seemed very interested. He came every Sunday and 
listened to every word of the lesson. One day I 
spoke of the Friend who was closer than a brother — 
if we would only accept Him. Albert never told me 
that he accepted Christ, but his life showed it. His 
father was in prison for manslaughter, and Albert 
felt that stain was on his life so deeply that he 
could never "amount to anything." I have never 
seen a happier boy than he was after that change 
took place. Last week he was killed in a coal mine. 
I am so glad I knew him. Even though he is now 
with the "Friend that sticketh closer than a broth- 
er," he will still inspire me to go on trying to win 
others. 

So many of the children and young people are full 
of promise. If only there were a way to give them 
more of Christian things. I have a wonderful op- 
portunity, even though I cannot accomplish very 
much. Please pray that I will give of my best in 
His service. 

Would you like to go for a visit into the differ- 
ent homes? I wish you really could, for who could 
ever write and give the same impression one would 
get from actually seeing conditions as they are? 

First, let us visit a home that is different from 
the others. It is a small one-room log cabin. The 
cracks between the logs have been filled with mud 
to keep out the wind. There is only one door and no 
window. Since there is only one room, it must serve 
as living room, dining room, bedroom, and kitchen. 
There is little space left for moving around, yet the 
mother manages to keep it clean. The beds are fold- 
ed up during the day and opened at night. This is 
easy since they are only mats spread on the floor. 
That is not the most unusual thing about that home. 
In it is one of the queenliest women I have ever 
met. It is easy to imagine her a descendant of some 
royal family. She is a wonderful mother, and her 
four children are receiving training that would 
make some of our well-educated mothers take no- 



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tice. The children attend Sunday school regularly. 
The mother is very sensitive, and since they are 
so poor that she herself cannot have shoes, she does- 
n't come. Her husband is getting some help from 
the government now, and I think she too will at- 
tend regularly. What a wonderful woman she might 
have been had she had a chance. 

Another home we shall visit is very different 
from the first. In fact it is different from any of 
the others in this community. Here we find books 
by the best authors and the best magazines the fam- 
ily can afford. The mother is a wonderful hostess. 
You may be sure I look forward to her invitations 
for meals. (Notice I said invitations — she is the only 
one who invites one. The other homes I visit, I just 
go, and if it is near meal time, I eat with them. That 
is the custom here. One need not wait for invitation, 
for he is always "welcome"). 

Not only do I enjoy the meals in this home, but I 
enjoy the fellowship there. We talk of books, cur- 
rent events, or some interesting subject. Often, too, 
we discuss the problems of the work. She wanted to 
write stories when she was younger, and now as 
we talk her eyes grow dreamy and she says, "That 
would make an interesting story? — or "he would 
make a good character for a story." When she talks 
I think of the stanza in Gray's Elegy which says, 
"Chill penury froze the genial currents of the soul." 

The children of this home are different too. They 
are more cultured. One wonders why the difference 
in people who are reared in the same community 
and with the same opportunities. 

I must not show you only the best homes. Let us 
follow this path that winds serpent-like between the 
hills. We will follow it a few miles up the creek, 
then up a hollow, until we come to another house. 
It does not look different from the other homes that 
we have visited. Like many of them, it has two log 
rooms and a porch. Yet if those walls could speak, 
what a story they would tell of the sins that have 
been committed there! When one knows of only a 
few of those crimes, he wonders how anyone human 
could stoop so low. The father is the most uncul- 
tured man I have ever seen. I wonder if there ever 
lived a man who had a "dirtier" heart in so dirty a 
body. That man could look at the colors of a rain- 
bow and think of something impure to say about it. 
His wife is little different — she can tell untruths 
faster than he. She is more careful of her appear- 
ance, yet her conversation is along the same lines. 
Since it is dinner time, we accept her invitation "to 
eat with them." (You know one is never to refuse 
a meal when it is offered, for the people would get 
the idea that we felt we were better than they). 
The food is well prepared and the table clean. For- 
getting our surroundings, we eat a good meal of 
chicken, corn pone, and delicious coffee. When the 
meal is finished, a little boy comes shyly into the 



room, and looks up for a word of greeting. Yes, here 
is the reason I visit that home. For there in the 
midst of immorality, bootlegging, and almost every 
other sin possible, I have found a jewel. He has 
never missed a day at Sunday school, and in free 
school he is one of my best boys. His favorite sub- 
ject is nature study. He and I have quite a collec-( 
tion of bugs and caterpillars. Can I dare to hope 
that he will grow up different from his family? 

In our visits to the homes you have noticed that 
the walls are covered with newspapers and catalogs. 
Very few have wall paper. The rooms are repapered 
twice a year. Magazines are nicer looking when 
used for wallpaper, but it is not possible for many 
families to have them. In the whole school district, 
one home has an organ — quite ancient and squeaky 
— two have victrolas, one has a banjo, and I believe 
there may be one harmonica. Outside of these there 
is no music except singing. The songs are the ones 
sung from memory. Now they are learning new 
ones from our new song books. 

There is no entertainment outside the home. The 
children seem to enjoy playing at school. (One 
strange thing about their play is that they are al- 
ways so serious about it. They play aTgame as if life 
and death depend upon it, and they do not smile of- 
ten) . At first they were so afraid of me that I found 
it hard to play with them. Now we play during re- 
cess, and they will hardly play without me. So we 
are planning to go on a picnic Friday. The first one 
some of them have ever had. We are going to cook 
dinner out in the woods. Then in the afternoon we 
will gather wild hickory nuts and winter green. The 
children do not have many toys. The boys make 
their own usually. Sling shots, elderwood guns, back 
whistles, and toys from corn stalks are made. 

The greatest enjoyment the men have, outside of 
their homes, is attending county court once a month. 
They start sometimes even the day before "in order 
to be there on time." They "swap hordes" and hear 
the news of the outside world. Then when court is 
dismissed and they have finished trading, they go 
home to find the family eager to hear the news, and 
a nice warm meal waiting. (In spite of the fact that 
folks are poor they do have enough To eat. Contrary" 
to the belief that mountain people live on corn bread 
and meat,„one finds as many varieties of food as" 
are possible in the average rural hem*) . 

More than anything else outside of attending 
court, the men enjoy visiting with each other. They 
sit for hours telling tales of the days when they 
went down the river on rafts, or of the time when 
some one was running for office in the election and 
how they helped elect him. Maybe there is an im- 
portant bill in congress to be passed or vetoed. They 
discuss that too. And you would be sui-prised to 
know how well questions are reasoned out. Very few 
of the grown-ups have an eighth grade education. 



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Are You Climbing With Us ? 



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Our Five Year 
Program 
1933-1938 





"Study to shew thyself 

approved unto God, a 

. workman that needeth 


/A\ <SMn> /> 


\ not to be ashamed, right- 
iK\ ly dividing the word of 
}%\ truth" 11 Tim. 2:15 


/Zl,\\ CONSECRATION// 


//l\\ FELLOWSHIP / 




/Zl\\| STEWARDSHIP 


// \\ 


//\\l PRAYER 


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// \ GOD'S WORD 


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GOD'S WORD 

"Search the Scriptures" 
Let each girl learn to find strength and guid- 
ance from reading the Scriptures daily. 
PRAYER 

"Lord, teach us to pray." 
Each girl shall take time for prayer each 
day, preferably in the morning. 
STEWARDSHIP 
"As every man hath received the gift, even 
so minister the same one to another, as good 
stewards of the manifold grace of God." 
Each girl shall be faithful in giving of her 
money, time, and talents to the Master. 

AN INVENTORY OF 
I recognize that all that I have comes to me 
sible as a steward to use these things for the glory of Christ 
I realize that I have these possessions to use for Him. 



FELLOWSHIP 

// we walk in the light, as He is in the light,^ 



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ive have fellowship one with another — and 
truly our fellowship is with the Father, and 
with His Son, Jesus Christ." 
Each girl shall seek to have an unbroken and 
more intimate association with Christ and 
with one another. 

CONSECRATION 
"Who then is willing to consecrate his serv- 
ice this day unto the Lord." 
Each girl shall set her life apart to give 
Christ the first place. 
MY STEWARDSHIP 
from God. As a Christian girl, I am respon- 



( Check in the first square those you possess) 



Home 

Church 

Education 

Health 

Friends 

Business or Profession 

Money 

Prayer 



D 

n 



Musical talent 
Artistic ability 
Athletic interest 
Writing ability 
Dramatic talent 
Teaching ability 
Leadership qualities 
Spare Time 



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I purpose to be a faithful steward for Christ in these possessions this year, by His grace 
(Check in the second square those which you intend to use in full stewardship as the Lord may lead you). 

"But first they gave their own selves to the Lord."— II Cor. 8:5. 
"Let each man do according to he hath purposed in his hewrt; not grudgingly, or of necessrty : for God 

loveth a cheerful giver." — // Cor. 9:7. ut i>' t r / 9 

"Here, ^moreover, it is required in stewwrds, that a man be found faithful. -1 Oor. A.^. 



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yet they have many things one doesn't get from 
books. 

There are so many things I would like to tell you 
about, yet it seems that I cannot find time to write. 
I have written this so hurriedly that it will be of 
little value. If you realize our need for prayer, how- 
ever, the chief aim will be accomplished. I have 



thirty-seven school children in free school. Plea! 
pray for them especially. They are jewels every oi 
of them. 

May the Lord richly bless each one of you. 

Yours in the Master's servic 
Bertha Bank 



Sanctify Yourselves 



As we contemplate the new year, we realize that 
certitude of circumstances and relation is impos- 
sible. In the world about us, we have seen the most 
incredible changes come suddenly upon us. The 
most carefully laid plans and programs have cul- 
minated in indisputable failure? Need we thus con- 
clude that all will result in naught? 

God's answers to this inquiry are numerous. He 
has promised us, who believe on His name, to be 
with us, to give strength and power, to fight for us, 
to do wonders among us. "He is faithful that has 
promised." 

We have not passed this year's way heretofore. 
It is a prospect calculated to try the stoutest hearts 



among us; yet it presents the possibilities of man 
opportunities for noblest achievement. It is tri 
that we do not know each step of the way before u 
but God does. Let us take the known steps wilj 
faith and courage and wait for a further revelatioi 
of the Divine will. 

May we as separate departments and an entii' 
church "sanctify ourselves" and claim God's pronj 
ises, even as the children of Israel were advised i 
Josh. 3:5 "Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow th 
Lord will do wonders among you." 

Dorothy Whitted 

National President of the Sisterhoo 

of Mary and Marth 



Senior Devotional Program For February: Evangelization - the Need and Means 



Hymn : When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. 

When I survey the wondrous cross, 
On which the Prince of glory died. 

My richest gain I count but loss, 
And poui- contempt on all my pride. 

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, 
Save in the death of Christ, my God; 

All the vain things that charm me most, 
I sacrifice them to His blood. 

See, from His head, His hands. His feet, 
Sorrow and love flow mingled down; 

Did e'er such love and sorrow meet. 
Or thorns compose so rich a crown? 

Were the whole realm of nature mine, 
That were a present far too small; 

Love so amazing, so divine, 

Demands my soul, my life, my all. 



Acts 11:19-30; 1:8. 



Scripture Lesson : 
Chorus : 

Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray; 

This is my heart cry, day unto day; 
I long to know Thy will and Thy way; 

Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray. 

PRAYER: (Led by the president and members of the 
Mary committee) . Give thanks to God for Jesus 
Christ our Savior, and for the church where we 
may have fellowship with those who love Him ; 
give thanks for every chance to serve our Master 
in this world, and our community; pray for the 
leaders of our church, of your own local group, 
and for those who guide the work of other de- 



nominations; ask that God may show Christian 

their part in building the church. 

"Evangelization — the Need and Means," chaps, 
and 6. 

Topic I pages 92-100. 

Topic II pages 100-109. 

Topic III pages 110-119. 

Topic IV pages 119-128. 
Hymn : The Banner of the Cross. 

There's a royal banner given for display 

To the soldiers of the King; 
As an ensign fair we lift it up today. 

While as ransomed ones we sing. 
Chorus : 
Marching on, marching on, 

For Christ count ev'rything but loss! 
And to crown Him King, toil and sing 

'Neath the banner of the cross ! 

Over land and sea, wherever man may dwell, 

Make the glorious tidings known; 
Of the crimson banner now the story tell, 

While the Lord shall claim His own! 

When the glory dawns — 'tis drawing very near — 

It is hastening day by day — 
Then before our King the foe shall disappear. 

And the cross the world shall sway! 

Re-ports from assignments of last month — 

What did you learn about the membership anc 
attendance of your own church ? 

What does your church do to make followers o: 
Christ? 



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)w many of the parents of your children in the 

inday school are members of the church? 

What are the home mission projects of your com- 

mity or city? 

linking through what you have learned — 

Is there need for more Christians ? How can that 

ed be met? 

Is there need for better Christians? How can 

! meet that need? 

Is it not enough if a local church cares for its 

rn problems, without contributing to the work of 

3 national program? Why? 

Am I responsible in meeting the need of evangeli- 

tion? Whatcanldo? 

fMN : Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone. 

Must Jesus bear the cross alone. 

And all the world go free? 
No, there's a cross for ev'ry one, 

And there's a cross for me. 

The consecrated cross I'll bear. 

Till death shall set me free. 
And then go home my crown to wear, 

For there's a crown for me. 

SDITATION AND CONSECRATION. 

Christ of the upward way, My Guide divine, 
Where Thou hast set Thy feet May I place mine; 
And move and march Wherever Thou hast trod. 
Keeping face forward Up the hill of God. 

Give me the heart to hear Thy voice and will, 
That without fault or fear I may fulfil 
Thy purpose with a glad And holy zest. 
Like one who would not bring Less than his best. 

NTENCE Prayers. 

rsiNESS: Report of prayer chairman; check on 

Bible reading; report of stewardship reading; 



remind of thank offering; have you planned for 
Mission Home Fund, the membership project? In- 
form your members before the meeting and take 
up your offering for the education of the moun- 
tain girl, or plan for it for next month. 
Sisterhood Benediction: Ps. 145:1,2. 

FOR POSTER OR PROGRAM 

An interesting way to make a poster for an- 
nouncing this month's meeting is to draw an out- 
line map of the United States covering almost the 
entire page. In the center of the United States make 
a large cross. Across the northern part of the Unit- 
ed States arrange the word "evangelization" in a 
band of lettering in the form of an arc. Under the 
left arm of the cross, but extending out a little 
farther into the space than the cross, print the 
words "the need;" in the same manner print the 
words "the means" under the right arm of the 
cross. On the left hand side at the base of the cross 
print "United States," and on the right "of Amer- 
ica." All other information concerning the meeting 
may be placed above or below the map. The same 
idea drawn on a smaller scale may be used for in- 
dividual announcements or invitations, for covers 
for program booklets for the meeting, or for note- 
book work. If the idea is to be used for notebook 
work, it will be well to use it as a diagram, and fill 
in important or interesting facts under the two 
headings: the need and the means. 

Florence Petersen. 



Junior Devotional Topic For February: Three-Cornered Continent Chaps. 5, 6 



f MN : Fairest Lord Jesus. 

Fairest Lord Jesus, Euler of all nature 

O Thou of God and man the Son; 
Thee will I cherish. Thee will I honor. 

Thou my soul's glory, joy and crown. 

Fair are the meadows, Fairer still the woodlands, 
Robed in the blooming garb of spring; 

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer. 

Who makes the woeful heart to sing. 

Fair is the sunshine. Fairer still the moonlight, 

And all the twinkling starry host; 
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer 

Than all the angels Heav'n can boast. 

ble Lesson: II Kings 5:1-4; I John 4:11. 

)EM: 

"Art thou little? Do thy little well. 
And for thy comfort know 
The greatest man can do his greatest work 
No better than just so." 

Talking with the Heavenly Father: Thank Him 
r the Lord Jesus and His love for us ; thank Him 
r our Bibles where we may learn of Him and what 
2 wants us to do ; thank Him for the missionaries 
10 have gone to many lands, and pray that they 
ay be kept from harm and danger to tell many of 



Jesus ; pray for the Sisterhood girls in South Amer- 
ica ; ask God to help the girls of African villages to 
learn to love Jesus and be true to Him. 
Hymn : Spirit of Sisterhood. 
Story V : "Three Kings and a Pair of Shoes." 
Hymn: When He Cometh. 

When He cometh, when He cometh To make up His jewels. 
All His jewels, precious jewels, His loved and His own: 
Chorus : 

Like the stars of the morning. His bright crown adorning. 
They shall shine in their beauty. Bright gems for His crown. 

He will gather, He will gather. The gems for His kingdom; 
All the pure ones, all the bright ones. His loved and His own. 

Little children, little children. Who love their Redeemer, 
Are the jewels, precious jewels, His loved and His own. 

Story VI : "If Wishes were Horses." 

Let us help make their wishes come true and fill 

their shoes! Gather your pictures together which 

you have to send for our Sunday school in South 

America. Perhaps you will want to cut some of 

them out today. Ask your superintendent of the 

Sunday school for papers which have been left over. 

Business : Remember your Bible reading, the stew- 



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January 11, 1 



ardship leaflets, your thank offering boxes due in 
April. Sending pictures for South America may 
count as your venevolent work. Have you rolled 
bandages yet? Do not forget your pledge to the 
Mission Home. 
Sisterhood Benediction: Psa. 145:1,2. 
SOMETHING TO DO 
If you wish to make a poster announcing this 
month's meeting, you may like to use some of these 
ideas. On one side of the poster paper draw a pair 
of boy's shoes and a pencil; on the opposite side 
draw a horse. Maybe, you will like it better this 
way : the pair of shoes and pencil at the top of the 
paper and the horse at the bottom. Or, perhaps, the 
shoes and pencil in an opposite corner from the 
horse will be what you will want. Still, you may 
like all the objects at the top of the paper. Or, hav- 
ing them all at the bottom may suit your plans. Yet, 
you may select the upper center of the paper for all 
the objects, and enclose them with a large question 
mark. This idea may arouse curiosity and interest 
in the meeting. If you do not know how to draw 
these objects yourself, find what you want in a 
newspaper, magazine, or nursery rhyme or fairy 
tale book, and do some tracing and transferring. Af- 
ter you have decided where you want to place your 



objects, you must arrange on the page in bands 
lettering what you wish to announce (that is, 
name of the society that is going to have a meeti 
the date the society is going to meet, the time, 
place, etc.) 

If you wish to make some interesting Invitati 
or covers for program booklets you can do it 
tracing and transferring part of the drawing 
the boy with his shoes and pencil and the mission 
with the boys and the horse) found on the co 
of the mission study book. The drawings at the 
ginnings of chapters five and six can be used 
the same purpose. 

Florence Peters 



Some go to church to take a walk ; 
Some go to church to laugh and talk ; 
Some go there to meet a friend ; 
Some go there their time to spend ; 
Some go there to meet a lover ; 
Some go there a fault to cover ; 
Some go there for speculation ; 
Some go there for observation ; 
Some go there to doze and nod ; 
But the wise go there to worship God. 

— Selectei 




Pennsylvania District Conference -- Sisterhood 



Pray for our girls as they do the 
Stewardship reading that it may be a 
real blessing to all. 

Remember the vice president of your 
Sisterhood in her work in planning 
your programs, also the girls who are 
to be the leaders. 

Ask God's protection and richest 
blessing on Rev. and Mrs. Sheldon and 
Kenneth as they take up their new 
term of service on the Bellevue station 
in Africa. 

Pray that the way may be opened 
for those whom the Lord would thrust 
forth in His harvest field, both at home 
and abroad. 

Remember your own church in pray- 
er that the need for winning others to 
Christ and for growing more Christ- 
like may be met, and that God may 
make you ready to be used. 

Pray for our Sisterhood girls in 
Ashland College and those who may be 
in preparation for life work in other 
places. 

Ask God's blessing on Dr. and Mrs. 
C. F. Yoder in their work in South 
America. 



The Pennsylvania District Confer- 
ence was held the second week in Oc- 
tober. We had a most happy time to- 
gether, especially as Sisterhood girls. 

We held our programs each evening 
from six until seven o'clock aiming to 
present something worth while to the 
girls at each session. 

On Monday evening the local girls 
welcomed and entertained us in their 
attractive S. M. M. room with a short 
devotional program followed by the 
introducing of the girls from the va- 
rious churches. We also enjoyed their 
novel games and delicious eats. 

Our speakers for the week were Rev. 
Kimmell, Rev. Steffler, Mrs. Kennedy, 
Dr. Anspach and Prof. Dean Benshoff. 
Rev. Steffler urged the girls to live 
clean lives remembering always that 
our bodies are the temple of God's 
Holy Spirit. Dr. Anspach brought us a 
word of greeting from the college. Prof. 
Dean Benshoff described student life 
at Ashland College more particularly 
concerning the Freshmen. 

On Wednesday evening a banquet 
was served to a,bout sixty girls, their 
patronesses and guests. The tables 
were uniquely dressed in green and 
white. Small white ships mounted on 
green gum drops served as favors 
while five large ships of the same de- 



sign were used for center pieces 
such words as Worship, Friend 
Stewardship, Sonship and Citizer 
were written upon them. Prog 
booklets containing songs, menu 
names of guests were placed at 
plate. At this time Mrs. Winters f 
the Masontown church rendered 
piano solo. Mrs. Kennedy, our retui 
missionary from Africa gave the c 
address of the evening, telling of 
home life of the natives, also shoij 
many articles the natives make 
use. She expressed her apprecia 
of the work done at home by the 
terhood girls through their prayers 
for the bandages which are so m 
needed. 

Everyone seemed to have a fine \ 
of fellowship and inspiration. 
Waynesboro Sisterhood certainly 
ceived a great blessing for having 
Pennsylvania girls as our guests. ' 
only regret was that more could 
attend, and we were especially so 
not to have any of our District or 
tional officers present. 

At a special business meeting 
Wednesday evening it was found j 
essary to choose a new Secretary-Tr( 
urer. Miss Spangler of Zullinger 
now living in another state and canS 
serve. Miss Vera Crider was cho; 



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md duly elected by the girls for this 
inference year. 

Mrs. Provance, our Patroness was 
inable to attend the conference due to 
Uness but sent us greetings and goals 
for our Sisterhood year which were 
unanimously adopted but will appear 
n this column later. 

Our District also voted to send $20 
for the Jobsons at Bassai station as 
3ur Pennsylvania District project for 
che year. 

The "Round Robin" letter was in- 
stituted as a means of creating greater 
friendliness and a closer co-operation 
among our Keystone girls. 

May we as S. M. M. girls be found 
faithful in spreading the knowledge of 
him to the far corners of the earth. 

Yours in SISTERHOOD, 
Vera M. Crider, Sec'y-Treas. 



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BASSAI, SEPTEMBER 30, 1935 
Bear Junior Girls: 

Am sure you are always happy to 
hear about your little black brothers 
and sisters across the sea. While most 
of you are having your vacation dur- 
ing the hot months of July and AuguSt 
many of the black boys and girls are 
in the school room trying to learn to 
read either in the French language or 
in the vernacular. The French of course 
is altogether foreign to them, however, 
most all the children prefer it to their 
own language and are quite elated 
when they are enrolled in the French 
school. Our new school building has 
three rooms and in the morning we 
have three classes, two vernacular 
classes and one French class for the 
girls do not read as fluently as the 
boys and we feel they will have a bet- 
ter opportunity to learn if they are in 
a class by themselves. 

We always open our school with a 
song and prayer. We have taught them 
a song which we sing to the tune of 
"Romans 8 and 9" which they love to 
sing, the last verse is quite impressive 
which goes something like this: "And 
when pur school is finished we shall 
all return to our own villages and 
preach the gospel to our people." And 
I believe almost every child has this 
one desire in his heart that is, to win 
his people to the Lord. How many boys 
and girls in America today have such 
a high ideal hid in their hearts that 
when their school is finished they may 
be messengers of the Cross of Christ? 
What a blessed privilege is yours to 
win some soul for Christ. 

Just the other day I was giving some 
addition and substraction problems on 
the board and when I happened to look 
around there must of been a dozen 
youngsters with their heads under the 
desks that were busy counting all their 
toes on their feet to find out what the 
result would be to their problems, so 
you see there is one advantage in not 
wearing shoes! 

In the afternoon we have 75 boys in 
the French classes. All these boys have 
come from different chapels where 
they learned to read in their own lan- 



SO MUCH 

So much, deo,r Lord, Thou givest us, 

In blessings from Thy wondrous store, 

Love, fi'iends, the will to serve. 

Sunshine, and rain, the hill, and plain, 

And all Thy glories everywhere. 

Children and home and all Thy creatures. 

Flowers and song and smiles of cheer. 

The heavenly flush of a bluebird's wing. 

And the happy song that the meadow-larks sing; 

Work for each willing hand to do — 

The deeds born of love, that glorify life; 

Each soft, tender touch of a mother's dear hands, 

And the strong, loving clasp of a Father who stands 

Close to our side, and shields us from harm; 

In this beautiful world He lias given to us, 

0, why should we fret. 

Fill our hearts with regret, 

When God gives so much to us? 

— Author Unknown 

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guage and are now able to read and 
write very well. They are always de- 
lighted when the tablets are passed and 
the Dictee is given. They usually write 
something about the lesson that was 
just read and many are able to vsrrite 
it without a mistake. When we think 
that these children have never seen a 
book or pencil or at least possessed one 
until just recently we marvel at the 
rapid progress they make in a year's 
time. Also the little girls who have al- 
ways worked with their mothers in the 
garden are now beginning to be good 
writers. Remember these children in 
prayer that they all may accept Jesus 
as their Saviour and be used in the 
Lord's service. 

Yours in Him, 
Mrs. Orville D. Jobson 



at the conference of 1935 told us that 
we now have $2,089.06 in our Mission 
Home Fund. You will see that this 
means that we ought to receive about 
$1,000 yearly in order to meet our 
goal. Our Sisterhood is larger, both in 
number of societies and membership, 
but there must be real faithfulness of 
each society and each member if we are 
to see this goal realized. Do not wait 
until the summer months to plan your 
gift. 

We have confidence in you that you 
shall reach the goal. As you read about 
stewardship this year, may you know 
the joy of giving because you give 
cheerfully. 




It is never worthwhile arguing about 
the religion you do not have. 

"Don't be a carbon copy of somebody 
else; make your own impression." 



The turn of the new year makes us 
realize how close we are getting to the 
completion of our Mission Home Pro- 
ject. It was established at the national 
conference of 1931 with the purpose of 
raising $5,000 in seven years, or until 
1938. This national conference will 
mark the close of our fifth year on the 
project. Because of the stress of the 
years through which we have passed, 
we have not made the progress in rais- 
ing this fund that we did in raising 
the educational fund for missionaries' 
children amounting to $5,000. Then, 
too, we have been giving to more of 
our church interests in our budget, so 
our progress has been rather slow. 

You will remember that our report 



"The only friend who comes as close 
as our own souls is Christ." 



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FROM THE 

MAIL BAG 



JUNIORS OF SUMMIT MILLS, PA. 
Hello, Sisterhood Girls: — 

Well we are here again with the 
yearly letter fi'om tha Summit Mills 
Junior Sisterhood. We have been striv- 
ing hard the past year to do "God's 
Will" and to honor and glorify Him in 
our daily lives. 

Last October, we presented the pag- 



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eant, "Spirit of Sisterhood," to a large 
and appreciative audience. Other ac- 
tivities during tlie year were a Hal- 
lowe'en party, bandage rolling on Good 
Friday followed by a covered dish din- 
ner. In July we had a party just for 
a social time, playing games, taking a 
hike, and, of course, finishing with a 
lunch together. 

We have met all reqxdred goals for 
the year. We finished our mission 
study in Jione which we found very in- 
teresting and inspiring. One of the 
girls at each meeting presented the 
life of James Gribble, and then our 
patroness would tell us other events of 
importance given in various chapters. 
At every meeting our patroness would 
give each girl a sheet of paper with 
either questions or sentences with words 
omitted for us to fill out for the next 
month. In this way we had a general 
outline of the six studies, answers in- 
cluded, which we have filed for future 
use if needed. 

Our officers for the year are as fol- 
lows: president, Hilda Swearman; vice 
president, Leona Firl; recording secre- 
tary, Mabel Lindeman; corresponding 
secretary, Frances Hetrick; treasurer, 
Kathryn Brenneman, and patroness, 
Maggie E. Witt. 

We covet your prayers that we may 
remain faithful to Him and we pray 
God's richest blessings upon all our 
sister societies. 

Frances Hetrick, Cor. Sec'y 



JUNIORS— JOHNSTOWN, PA., 
THIRD CHURCH 
Dear Sisterhood Girls : 

It has been a long time since you 
have heard from us, but we are still 
busy and working very hard. We were 
an honor society, and we are going to 
work very hard this year again to 
make all our goals. 

We have followed the programs as 
given in the Brethren Evangelist for 
the Juniors, and we think they are very 
good. We have a very good S. M. M., 
and all the girls take an interest in 
the work. This summer one of the girls 
had a cottage and her father got the 
school bus and took us there for our 
meeting on a Saturday afternoon. We 
surely enjoyed having our meeting in 
God's beautiful out-doors with all His 
blessings. 

We have our meeting every third 
Saturday afternoon at the different 
girls' homes. After our meeting we 
play games and have a nice time to- 
gether. We are now planning a Hal- 
lowe'en party. Everything is going 
very nicely. 

Our officers for this year are as 
follows: patroness. Miss Ollie Teeter; 
president, Savilla Link; vice president, 
Alice Ambose; recording secretary, 
Edith Fern Teeter; treasurer, Gladys 
Gingrich ; corresponding secretary, Vic- 
toria Launtz. 

Yours in His service, 
Miss Ollie Teeter, patroness 




THE ttSTENING EAR 

BE YE DOtRJ'OFTHE WORD,- AT^D MOT HEARERS 

ONLY; DECEIVING YOUR OWN SELVES. 

JAMES 1:22 





SENIOR STUDY - 

Under this very commonplace title is found a book of great 
human interest. Here you see human life mirrored. "Numbers" is 
really not a very suggestive name for the book. As you read, keep 
this one in mind, and test its fitness, or, better yet, make one of your 
own — "God's dealings with an unbelieving people." 

The time span of this book is very interesting. Chapters 1-10 
include about 19 days; 10:11-20:22 cover 38 years; and the rest of 
the book about 6 months. You will notice that the sections 1-10 and 
26-36 have some features alike. God is saying to the people, "Get 
ready and go," but why should it be necessary to repeat the expe- 
rience? Something happens with the people. 

In chapters 1 and 26 the people are numbered. Why? The 
material following in 1-10 indicates preparations for some impor- 
tant movement. There is order and purpose, as shown in the ordering 
of the various families, their positions and duties in 3 and 4. In all 
these experiences their attention is focused upon the sanctuary of 
God — to make real His presence with them. 

As they set out in chapter 10 for their Promised Land, their 
unbelief causes them to displease God and bring displeasure and 
judgment upon themselves. In all they doubt God's provision of 
food) and cry for flesh; in 12 the leadership of Moses; in 13 and 14 
the plan of God to lead them into the land; in 16 the authority of 
Moses with 17, 18 the resulting provision, and so on. Through all 
these experiences Moses, Aaron, and the priests intercede for them 
before God. 

When they finally arrive at the borders of the land in Moab, they 
are beguiled by the planning of their enemy to destroy them by en- 
couraging them to conduct displeasing to God. 

In chapter 26, God starts again to prepare them for entrance into 
the land He had promised. This new group of people is reminded of 
the holy convocations throughout the year to keep them in remem- 
brance of God. Things are set in order again for possession of the 
land. 

This book makes a fine study in intercession. Notice how they 
were continually in need of intercession. Sinful man needs someone 
to go between him and God, between the living and the dead (16: 
47, 48) ; and someone to whom to look for life (21:8, 9). See John 3: 

14, 15. 

As you read the section from 11-21„ watch for the word "mur- 
mur." Note also the times when the people fall on their faces, and 
when the glory of God appeared. Give special attention to the ques- 
tions asked, both by the people and by Jehovah. What do they reveal? 

Notice what happened to the man who broke the Sabbath in chapter 

15. Does that seem too harsh a judgment? Notice what is said just 
before about the person who intentionally breaks the commandments 
of God — who disobeys knowing he is disobeying. 

Chapters 11-21 indicate the evil of unbelief. Chapters 22-25 show 
evil in relation to other nations. 

You will be interested in reading through Hebrews 3 and 4 
while you have this book in mind. 

Some verses to keep in mind — Numbers 10:29; Heb. 3:15, 19. 

Make a record of one contribution of this book to your under- 
standing of how to live the Christian life. 

JUNIOR STUDY — MARK 13-16 

In Mark's short story of the life of our Lord Jesus, we come to 
the closing days of His life on the earth. So many things happened in 
this short time, and such great decisions were made. These passages 
shall always be very precious to us. How would you feel if the book 



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ended with chapter 15? From the happenings of these chapters, O 

artists have painted some of the greatest pictures we know. ^ 

As you read, make a list of all the people in the story and group O 

them by their attitude toward Jesus. X 

Notice how Jesus felt at these different times; in Simon's house, X 

at the last supper, in the garden, when the soldiers came, in the 4 

court. V 

Watch the changes in the way the apostles act at the last supper, O 

in the garden, after the resurrection. $ 

You will be interested in the things women do. Which ones are v 

X mentioned? Why do you suppose they are there? ^ 

Y Notice every time Peter is mentioned. Does he make you think $ 

O of yourself sometimes? % 

X Where is singing mentioned? $ 

O What does Jesus tell the disciples that they can expect to hap- O 

^ pen? chap. 13. Does He give them anything to be happy about? $ 

O Did Jesus know that these things were going to happen to Him? ¥ 

% Why did He not defend Himself? ^ 

§ If you had been with the disciples, would it have been hard ^ 

X to believe that Jesus was alive again? What did Jesus want them % 

t to do? I 

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SUNNYSIDE, WASHINGTON 
Dewr Sisterhood Girls: 

Hearing from the different Sister- 
loods made us think that our activities 
TOuld interest other Sisterhood girls. 

Our group was organized in October 
L934 under the supervision of Mrs. 
jantz from Spokane, Washington. She 
;ave us much useful advice and en- 
!0uragement. Miss Lena Kortemeier 
(ras made our patroness. 

We have our meetings after school 
in the second Thursday of each month, 
^fter our devotional and business 
neeting we enjoy a pot-luck supper 
md then go to the church for prayer 
neeting and choir practice. Our at- 
endance has averaged around fifteen 
nembers at a meeting. We feel we are 
loing well for a growing Sisterhood. 

At two different meetings we rolled 
)andages. All the girls are interested 
n this and enjoyed a hearty pot-luck 
supper afterwards. 

In June, Miss Garber visited our 
Sisterhood and gave us many new 
phases of the Sisterhood work. Her 
risit was also an encouragement to our 
p-oup. 

We elected new officers in July, so 
is to start the year out with all the 
)ther Sisterhoods. Those elected are as 
follows: patroness, Miss Lena Kort- 
neier; president, Grace Greer; vice 
president, Birdena Padgham; record- 
ng secretary, Lucille Reed; treasurer, 
Dorothy Greer; and corresponding sec- 
:etary, Nellie Stover. Grace Greer, our 
president, left us in August, so in our 
September meeting we elected Theone 
Lacey for our new president. 

We gave our first public program in 
A.ugust. The name of the play was 
'Philemon." It was a real success. 
3UTL00K— 5 

In our October meeting, after the 
levotional and business meeting, we 
lad life books for each member. They 
proved quite entertaining, as we read 
the past, present and future of the dif- 
ferent members. 

At the Northwest District conference 



a district Sisterhood was formed. Mar- 
tha Partch, one of our members, was 
elected president. A large percentage 
of our members were present at this 
meeting. 

This month our patroness. Miss 
Kortemeier, was called away to the 
new field at Bremerton. Mrs. Belcher 
was chosen in her place, and we are 
doing fine work under her guidance. 

Yours in Sisterhood work, 
Nellie Stover, Cor. Sec'y 



THOSE BANDAGES! 

For many years we have been roll- 
ing bandages for our African mission 
work. We believe that you have not 
grown weary in well-doing, but prob- 
ably need to have your attention called 
to a few points. 

You are aware that there is re- 
quired money for shipping the band- 
ages you make to the district secretary, 
then to our national bandage secre- 
tary. It is well for us to be sure, then, 
that the bandages which we send are 
in good shape and worth the expense 
involved. We have two things to sug- 
gest: 1 — Is the material of which you 
make the bandages strong enough to 
be of value? It does not have to be 
new, but material that is practically 
worn out and that will split is better 
not used. Be careful at this point. 
2 — Do you roll the strips (5 or 6 yards 
long) tightly and sew the end so they 
will not unravel? Remember that they 
go on a long journey. Remember that 
it is not much fun to have a roll of 
bandages lose its shape when you are 
trying to wrap up an arm or leg. 

We want your bandages, but make 
them so they will not cause any one 
trouble. See whether you can borrow a 
bandage roller from a doctor, nurse, or 
hospital, if you cannot roll them right 
otherwise. 

Be careful when you pack them for 
mailing so they will not become un- 
wound on the way. 



35 

OUR LITERATURE 

Senior Mission Study Book 60c 

Junior Mission Study Book 50c 

Sisterhood Manual 10c 

Covenant cards. Senior or Junior, 

per dozen 15c 

Sisterhood Hymn, per dozen 6c 

Covenant Candlelight service 

(by mail) 10c 

Thank Offering Boxes free 

Sisterhood Pins (new) 50c 

For this literature write to Mrs. D. 
A. C. Teeter, Rochester, Indiana^ R. R. 
5, c. o. D. V. Halloway. 

STEWARDSHIP READING 
COURSE 

Required for Juniors 

Stewardship Stories, Guy L. Morrill, 
50c. (A very interesting book. Each 
girl should read it through. Maybe you 
will want to let each one tell one of 
the stories. Plan with your patroness to 
do some of the things — posters, acros- 
tics, memorize verses, learn hymns and 
poems. Many of you want to start 
keeping accounts). 

Thanksgiving Ann 5c. 

Marjorie Memorandum 2c. 

The Party Dress 5c. (dialogue of two 
girls). 

The Flight of Mr. Simpson 2c. 
Required for Seniors 

The Stewardship Life, J. E. Craw- 
ford 50c. (A very interesting book giv- 
ing stewardship in its widest mean- 
ing). 

Marjorie Memorandum 2c. 

The Coinage of Life 2c. 

The Party Dress 2c. (dialogue for 
girls, about 5 minutes). 

Myself 2c. 

Shedding One's Blood 2c. 

My Cake 2c. 

Immortal Money 2c. 

Is Your Class in This Class free. 

Thanksgiving Ann 5c. (Playlet by a 
colored girl, her master and mistress, 
2 children, and a colored man; about 
15 min.; very fine message on planned 
giving; may be used as a reading). 

Additional Reading, but not required. 

Uncle Ben's Bag 2c. 

The Economic Basis of Idealism 2c. 
(for older girls). 

Financial Strategy 2c. (for older 
girls)'. 

From Three Angles 2c. 

Red Wagons 2c. 

Stewardship Scripture Memory 
Verses 2c. 

Books 

Speculating in Futures, Lovejoy $1. 
(stories for Seniors). 

Jesus' Teaching on the Use of Mon- 
ey, Ina C. Brown, Senior, 50c. 

Studies in Stewardship, Robert P. 
Anderson, Senior, 75c. 

Laughing Stewardship Through, Guy 
L. Morrill, Junior, $1. 

Readings and Plays 

Accounting that Costs — (learning to 
keep an account; 2 girls, 1 boy; mod- 
erately long). 

The Mansion — (adopted from Henry 



36 

Van Dyke; very effective to teach self- 
less giving; i-eading with musical ac- 
companiment; good length). 

The Second Mile — (being stewards 
of what we have ; 6 girls, 15c) . 

If you have a large society and wish 
more than one copy of some of the 
leaflets, be sure to make that clear in 
your oi'der and add the extra cost. The 
Junior requii'ed materials will cost 64c 
and that for the Seniors, 72c. 

Send your orders for stewardship 
reading matter to Miss Dorothy Whit- 
ted, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, Ohio. 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 11, 1&36 



BY THE WAY 



We thank Miss Florence Petersen 
again for her interesting suggestions 
for our mission study. He hope you will 
make use of them to increase interest 
and benefit in your study. If you 
should like to write to her, her address 
is 1425 E. 58th Place, Los Angeles, 
Calif. 



While we were in the west this sum- 
mer, we were with the group of camp- 
ers bidding "God be with you" to the 
Sheldons as they left sunny California 
on the train. While in New York in 
December, we had the privilege of bid- 
ding them God's blessing as they sailed 
from the U. S. A. There were nine 
passengers on this freighter, five of 
them being missionaries. They shall 
have arrived, probably, when you re- 
ceive this word. Let us be constant in 
our prayer for them. 



SENIOES should plan to take their 
free-will offering for our Kentucky 
mission interest either in February or 
March. Do not wait any later. This 
offering is to pay the school expenses 
of a mountain girl at a mission school. 
You may count this offering as your 
benevolent work. Send your offering 
as soon as you get it to — Miss Lyda 
Carter, Krypton, Ky. 



All our girls will want to read the 
story of Kentucky life by Miss Bertha 
Banks. We appreciate her writing for 



us. 



We remind you again of your goals. 
Do not get lost on the BIBLE READ- 
ING. The books are longer, so you 
dare not let them go until the end. 
We hope you will keep on with us un- 
til we have read the Bible through. 



Don't call the world dirty because 
your glasses are not clean. 



Kind looks, kind words, kind acts, and 
warm handshakes — these are the sec- 
(mdary means of grace when folks are 
in trouble and are fighting their unseen 
battles. 



Sisterhood Goals for 1935-36 



LOCAL GOALS 

1. Twelve devotional meetings. 

2. One public program. 

3. Mission study with the use of ap- 

proved text. 

4. A prayer chairman to carry 

through a plan for prayer. 
5. % members cover the assigned Bible 
Eeading for the year — Genesis 
through Ruth and Job for Seniors; 
Mark and Acts for Juniors. 

6. A stewardship reading course. 

7. Membership project. 

8. Annual cabinet meeting. 

9. Benevolent work other than band- 

ages. 

10. Bandages sent to District Secre- 

tary. 

11. Statistical report sent to District 

Secretary by August 10. 
;12. National dues sent to Financial 
Secretary in January and July. 



13. Thank offering received in April 

and sent to the financial secre- 
tary by May 15. 

14. Gift to Mission Home Fund sent 

by financial secretary by July 31, 

15. District dues of 15c per membei 

sent to the district secretary bj 
July 31. 

JUNIOR GOALS 
1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. 

HONOR GOALS 

1. A delegate to either District oi 

National Conference. 

2. Thank offering boxes turned in by 

% of members. 

3. Outlook in the homes of % of 

members. 

DISTRICT GOALS 

1. One District meeting. 

2. All societies sending statistical 

reports. 

3. Two-thirds of societies banner. 

4. Missionary project completed. 



S. M. M. Useful Information 



NATIONAL S. M. M. OFFICERS 

Honorary Patroness — Mrs. G. T. Ronk, 
Lanark, Illinois. 

Nttional Patroness — Mrs. F. B. Frank, 
7434 Rockwell Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 

Presideni^Miss Dorothy Whitted, 1033 
E. Main St., Louisville, Ohio. 

Vice President — Miss Ella Kimmell, 
5335 Larg3 St., Philadelphia, Penna. 

General Secretary — Miss Helen Garber, 
235 E. 49th St., New York, N. Y. 

Financial Secretary — Miss Mary Mer- 
rick, 1523 25th St., S. E., Washington, 
D. C. 

Treasurer — Miss Louise Kimmel, 517 
W. Main St., Berne, Indiana. 

Literary Secretary — Mrs. D. A. C. Tee- 
ter, Rt. 5, care Donald V. HoUoway, 
Rochester, Indiana. 



DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 

Southeastern 

President — ^Virginia Brumbaugh, Roa- 
noke, Virginia. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Ruth Sensen- 
baugh, Rt. 1, Fairplay, Maryland. 

Patroness— Mrs. H. W. Koontz, 105 Ot- 
terview Ave., Roanoke, Virginia. 

Pennsylvania 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Vera Crid- 
er, Waynesboro. 

Patroness — Mrs. Chas. Provance, Ma- 
sontown. 

Ohio 

Secretary- Treasurer — Evelyn Fockler, 
317 Belden Ave., S. E., Canton. 

Patroness — Mrs. Samuel Adams, Pleas- 
ant Hill. 



Indiana 

Secretary- Treasurer — Allegra Rich- 
mond, 504 East Walnut St., Nap- 
panee. 

Patroness — Mrs. J. R. Schutz, 503 Col- 
lege Ave., North Manchester. 

Illiokota 
Secretary-Treasurer — Dorothea Rahti; 

Lanark, Illinois. 
Patroness — Mrs. E. M. Riddle, 1117 

Randolph St. Waterloo, Iowa. 

Mid-West 
Secretary - Treasurer — Helen Ruth 

Stump, Falls City, Nebraska. 
Patroness — Mrs. Nona Wagner, Chase 

St., Falls City, Nebraska. 

Southern California 
Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Bemice 

Brown, 270 E. 42nd St., Los Angeles. 
Patroness— Mrs. W. E. McNeil, 5867 

Holmes Ave., Los Angeles. 

. Northwestern 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Julia Cul- 
ver, Rt. 1, Wapato, Washington. 

Patroness — Mrs. B. G. Jones, 907 York 
Ave., Spokane, Wash. 



Send all monies for Sisterhood national 
dues 

Thank offering 
Mission Home Fund gift 
to Miss Mary Merrick, 1523 25th St. S. 
E., Washington, D. C. 



Send your district dues and bandages to 
your district secretary as given above. 



Send all materials for the Sisterhood 
department of the church paper to Miss 
Helen Garber, 235 E. 49th St., New 
York, N. Y, 



Vol. LVIII, No. 3 



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January 18, 1936 



The BRETHREN 

EVANGELIST 



HOME MISSIONARY NUMBER 




Sunday School at Glendale, California 

HERE ARE SOME DIVIDENDS FROM OUR HOME MISSION 

SACRIFICES 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 18, 193i 



The Brethren Bvangelist 

Official Organ of the Brethren Church, including "The Brethren 
Missionary," "The Brethren Witness," and "The Woman's Outlook,"' 
published 50 times a year by The Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
Ohio. 

Price, $2.00 per year in advance. 
All moneys and business communications should be sent to 
J. C Beal, Secretary of Publications 
When ordering paper changed, give both old and nevi^ address. Al- 
lovf four weeks thereafter before writing us about the change. Change 
of date on label will be your receipt. 

Editor, Chas. W Mayes 

Foreign Missionary Editor, Louis S. Bauman 

Home Missionary Editor, R. Paul Miller 

W. M. S. Editor, Mrs. F. C. Vanator 

Sisterhood Editor, Helen Garber 

Send all matter for publication to the Editor, except that articles 

intended for any one of the merged papers should be sent to the proper 

editor above named. 



What God Expects 

of The Brethren Church 

Moderator's Address to the 47th Pennsylvania District Conference 



By William A. Steffler 

It becomes my happy privilege, by 
virtue of my office, to bring a mes- 
sage to this 47th Pennsylvania District 
Conference. 

It is fitting and proper that we as 
followers of the Lord Jesus Christ ac- 
knowledge His Lordship again as we 
implore His blessing upon our confer- 
ence. Let us in. faith humble ourselves 
before Almighty God acknowledging 
that there is no other name in Heaven, 
or in the earth, or under the earth, 
which compares with the blessed name 
of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us once 
again claim Him as our Lord and Sav- 
iour and Coming King. 

Our beloved church has been the re- 
cipient of manifold blessings from the 
hand of our Heavenly Father since we 
met last in the capacity of a State 
Conference. He has not only preserved 
us as a church, but He has used us 
in His service as this year's statistical 
report will show. 

Perilous days, such as confront us 
now, demand that the children of God 
be sure of the constant guidance of the 
blessed Holy Spirit. The arm of flesh 
will fail us. We must not trust in our 
own strength. 

From the beginning of time, we note 
the divine solicitude shown the follow- 
ers of the Lord. The pillar of cloud by 
day was the outward manifestation of 



the guidance and protection of the Lord 
while the fire by night spoke to Israel 
that Jehovah was with them to lead 
and care for His own. The manna, di- 
rect from the hand of God, sustained 
them in the journey. Not only was the 
physical life divinely protected and sus- 
tained, but they "Drank of that Spirit- 
ual Rock which followed them," and 
Paul tells us in I Cor. 10:4, "That rock 
was Christ." There is indeed comfort 
in the thought that in days gone by, 
even if the people of God were called 
upon to tread the burning sands, drink 
bitter waters, endure persecution, 
through all the Lord never forsook 
His own, and we have the assurance to- 
day, no matter what comes, God will 
never leave or forsake His church in 
any of her trials. 

The Brethren church is a part of the 
Bride of Christ which Paul also refers 
to as the Body of Christ (Eph. 1:22- 
23). As a part of His glorious church 
we must examine ourselves to see if we 
are accomplishing the work whereunto 
God has called us. Have we been filling 
the place and position God has called us 
to fill? 

The Word of God clearly gives us 
what that program is, for one cannot 
read the great Commission in Mat- 
thew 28:19-20, or the parting words of 
Christ in Acts 1:8, or the Holy Spirit's 
message given through James in Acts 
15:13-17 without getting a pretty clear 
outline of the program God has laid 



down for His church. The program ii 
before us. May the Spirit of God stee^ 
the Brethren Church true to its Godl 
given course. 

The Gospel must be preached, there' 
fore the Lord expects the Brethrei 
Church to be faithful in proclaiminj 
His Word to a lost, sin cursed worldjj 
Jesus distinctly told His disciples t.|j 
preach the Gospel to all nations, begin 
ning, first at Jerusalem, next in Judea 
then in Samaria and finally they wen 
to continue to the ends of the earth. / 
casual perusal of the book of Act 
shows that this plan was carried ou 
implicitly. Later Paul, writing to thi 
Church at Rome, states that the Gospe 
had gone out to the ends of the world 
Rom. 10:16-18. 

Jews made up the major part of thi 
early Church, thus the Hebrew Chris 
tian Church gave the gospel to the the) 
known world in short order. After th( 
scattering of the Jews in 70 A. E 
the early church quickly changed it 
complexion from that of a Hebrew ti 
a Gentile organism. Prom that time ti 
this present time. Gentiles have beei 
predominant in the church. While th 
church has gone forward (for we be 
lieve the church of the Living God wil 
always go forward) we believe that shi 
has neglected giving the Gospel as shf 
should to the Jews. 

I wonder if the Brethren Church hai 
been faithful to God's program 
reaching the Jew with the message o; 
salvation. We must support our Home 
and Foreign Missionary work, it 
true, but we should have some definite 
program in our church for getting tht 
Gospel to the Jew. 

In Romans 1 :16, Paul declares tha 
the Gospel is for the Jew, FIRST. Go(j 
will always bless the people who carrj 
out His program. In parts of the world 
today, God's people, Israel, are suffer- 
ing hardships. Let us Pray for the Jew 
and as opportunities present them- 
selves, speak to the Jew about his soul's 
salvation. May Paul's burden becomf 
our burden, "Brethren, my heart's de- 
sire and prayer to God for Israel is 
that she might be saved." 

In our preaching the Gospel let ui 
lay aside our personal feeling in mine: 
matters and give ourselves over whoL 
heartedly to the proclaiming of the Gos 
pel which is able to make a lost sinne: 
a new creation in Christ Jesus. 

To the ministers of our district, '. 
would suggest that we think less o: 
impressing congregations with the ide: 
we are a much better preacher than thi 
man they now have and with a sin 
cerity and truthfulness preach thi 
Word to reach the lost and please ou 
Heavenly Father. Let us be faithfu 
watchmen, warning people to flee fron 
the wrath which is to come. 

A Brethren preacher informed mi 
recently, that during this year, severa 
visiting preachers came to his commun 
ity where his church was located. H 
called upon them to preach and sev 
eral tried their level best to show hi 

(Continued on page 16) 



From the Editor 



:all of the city. 

Somebody said that God made the country but 
nan made the city. We are not just certain of the 
dea which was originally intended in this statement, 
3ut we do know that the marks of the sins of men 
lave always been conspicuous on the cities of the 
;arth. This is the greater reason why the large cities 
)f our nation need the Gospel. It is the present pol- 
cy of the Home Mission Board to plant churches in 
;he large cities. We must take the Gospel where the 
people live in great numbers. 

FHE APOSTLE PAUL. 

In the missionary journeys of the great Apostle 
Paul, we find that he went into the centers of popu- 
lation. It was in these cities that he was compelled 
to endure much persecution, but he went. We must 
io the same ! 

A. MEETING HOUSE OR A LIGHTHOUSE. 

In carrying the Gospel to the large cities, it is 
aot enough to build a little box church on some side 
street with the questionable hope that perhaps it 
may some day become self supporting. 

We must build a lighthouse. That lighthouse must 
tiave a pastor who has the vision of building a great 
city-wide testimony. His meeting quarters may be 
very simple and very small at first, but he must 
liave the vision and the room to expand. The testi- 
mony of the Brethren Church today will actually 
command the respect and consideration of the Amer- 
ican people if we give it a chance. There are multi- 
plied thousands who are hungry for the Word of God, 
and desire to become affiliated with a group con- 
sistently presenting the whole Bible. What a chal- 
lenge ! 

REACHING OUT. 

The church which is a real lighthouse is the church 
which does not wait for the people to come to serv- 
ices. God's message must be taken to the people. If 
we wait for them to come, they will never come. Dr. 
R. A. Torrey once made the statement, "This world 
can be reached and evangelized far more quickly and 
thoroughly by personal work than by pubhc preach- 
ing." Personal work is the most difficult kind of 
Christian work. Not every one is successful. It takes 
much tact, wisdom and experience to do this type 
of the Lord's work. 

EASY WORK. 

There is however, a type of Christian service 
which almost any sincere, consistent Christian may 
do. He can gather people together into his home 
regularly on some night of the week that the pastor 
may conduct a Bible class. In one of our mission 



churches, the pastor has held several week night 
classes continually in the homes of his members. 
It is not surprising that the Sunday school has hit 
the 300 mark. Such a united effort on the part of 
the pastor and people will build a stable, consistent 
and consecrated congregation. 

GIVE THEM A CHAPTER. 

A great preacher in the northwest was one time 
talking about his preaching experiences. He said 
that when he was a young man he found that there 
were occasions when it was "hard to preach." He felt 
that he had so little to say. If the crowd was small 
and the weather none too good his sermon would of- 
ten fail to be effective. In telling of these expe- 
riences, this pastor stated that he discovered that 
when the service seemed rather dry and unimportant, 
he would throw away his sermon and just "give 
them a chapter." He soon discovered that these 
dry occasions became the most helpful for his people 
and the most blessed of the Lord. This was the dis- 
covery which lead this minister to become one of the 
great preachers o f our country. The wise preacher 
will ever remember that God's words are more pow- 
erful than his own. "Give them a chapter." 

THE JEW. 

You can never figure him out! Only the student 
of the Word of God can understand the "whys" of so 
many things about the Jew. He has been persecuted, 
hated and dispised as no other on all the face of the 
earth. The nation has never been destroyed, neither 
has it lost its distinctness. 

FOOLISH RULERS. 

The rulers of the earth have tried to overthrow the 
Jewish nation but all their efforts have come to 
naught. Even in our day when we thought the na- 
tions of the earth believed in "Live and let live," 
at least in the time of peace, terrible things have 
happened to the Jews. If one fourth of what we 
read is true concerning Russia and Germany in 



IN THIS NUMBER 



Moderator's Address— W. A. Steffler ■ ■ 2 

Editorials ^' ^ 

Brethren Possibilities — Dr. J. C. Beal o 

Offering Highlighl^R. Paul Miller • 6 

Following the Secretary— E. Paul Miller 7, 8 

Among Our Churches ^-lU 

Foundation Builders • • ■ • • • |^ 

Financial Report •^'==. ■^^' ^^ 

Brethren Home Report | ' 

Christian Endeavor |° 

News fro m the Field 

Entered as second class matter at Ashland Ohio. Accepted for mailing at special 
rate, section 1103. act of Oct. 3, 1917, authorized Sept. 3. 1928. 



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January 18, 1936 



their treatment of this nation, then conditions are 
sad indeed. But the nation moves on! 
HOW TO DESTROY THE JEWS. 

There is a passage of Scripture Stalin and Hitler 
should read. It tells how to destroy the Jews. If 
accomplished, it would be far more effective than 
the methods they have used. This passage is found 
in Jer. 31:37. "If heaven above can be measured, 
and the foundations of the earth searched out be- 
neath, I will also cast off the seed of Israel for all 
that they have done saith the Lord." 

When it comes to what the Jews have done in the 
way of committing sins, they have done a plenty. 
They are like the Gentiles in this respect. They are 
a nation of sinners. All have sinned. But God is not 
yet finished with the Jewish nation. So He dare 
not allow them to be destroyed. Their existence is 
as sure as the heavens above or the foundations of 
the earth beneath. If Hitler and Stalen want to work 
on the Jews, they had better begin to tear down the 
heavens and tear up the foundations of the earth 
first ! 



The report of the Thanksgiving Offering 
will appear in our March number of the 
Brethren Evangelist. We greatly desire for 
every church to make the best showing pos- 
sible. Often times church officers neglect to 
send in the Thanksgiving Offering till the re- 
port is made up and it needlessly causes dis- 
appointment to pastors and members of the 
church when it is published. PASTORS, 
KINDLY MENTION THIS MATTER TO 
YOUR TREASURER AT ONCE. Send in 
what is on hand and send the balance of de- 
layed gifts later. 



Editorial Notes 



THE PULPIT of the First Church of Johnstown is now 
vacant as a result of Brother Chas. H. Ashman's leaving to 
accept the pastorate of the church at Whittier, California. 
Brother Ashman served at Johnstown for more than fourteen 
year. His ministry is well known and the testimony of his 
church is outstanding-. 

BROTHER A. L. LYNN who has been pastor of the La 
Verne, California Church states that he will be leaving soon 
to take up the work of the First Church of Johnstown, Pa. 
Brother Lynn has been at La Verne for seven years and has 
done a real work. One of the special features of his min- 
istry has been the weekly prophetic night. Some time ago 
the La Verne Church organized what is known as the San 
Gabriel Prophetic Testimony. Meetings are held every Fri- 
day evening. The best of prophetic teachers are invited to 
speak. People come for miles to these meetings. This is a 
suggestion for some other churches. 



BROTHER FLOYD SHIREY, pastor at Homerville, Ohio, 
has recently accepted a call to the church at La Verne. He 
plans to leave soon. The church at Homerville will miss 
Brother Shirey. His ministry has been distinct. 

IT SEEMS that some more of the eastern men have got- 
ten the "California bug." Brother Joe Gingrich is now on 
his way to become the pastor of the Second Church at Long 
Beach. His ministry at the Third Church of Johnstown has 
been greatly blessed of the Lord. He enters a great field in 
North Long Beach. This church is one of the outstanding 
churches in California. It is noted for the fact that many 
prominent "tough nuts" have been saved there. It is a 
powerful church. Brother Lienhard, who was pastor there 
for about ten years, is now at Compton. )Elsewhere in this 
magazine, further announcement is made regarding Comp- 
ton. 

As these men leave for Southern California, the editor 
wishes to inform them that this is a fine time to move to the 
southwest. They will receive a warm reception. That is more 
than we received when we came east. On entering Missouri 
on December 21, we found that the thermometer was eleven 
below zero. They said that it was unusual, but we thought 
we had left that kind of weather in California. Well let it 
be said to the credit of us easterners that we know how 
to heat our homes and that is more than can be said ot^ 
some folks in California! 

Recent news comes from Brother Leo Polman, pastor of 
our church at Fort Wayne, Indiana, that he is conducting an 
extensive Bible study course through the mail. His mailing 
list is building up very rapidly. Both ministers and laymen 
are enrolled, a goodly number of whom live in other states. 
Weekly lessons are sent and reports are returned. This 
system promises to greatly broaden Brother Polman's min- 
istry. 

At Lanark, Illinois, where Brother George Ronk is pastor, 
some very needed changes are being made in the church 
basement. A space is being arranged with new cement floor 
to accommodate the social gatherings of the congregation. 
The space can also be used for Sunday School classes. Broth- 
er Ronk believes in putting the people of the church to work. 
All the labor is being donated by the men. This is a splendid 
idea. In many church buildings, there are improvements 
which could be made by the people of the congregation. It 
would be economy as well as a real blessing to' the people. 

The church at Goshen, Indiana, where Brother Whetstone 
is pastor, has scheduled a Revival to begin January 13th. 
Brother Ray Klingensmith is the evangelist. Remember 
these meetings in your prayers. 

At Spokane, Washington, Brother Albert Lantz writes 
that he is expecting soon to start a week-night Bible School 
giving systematic instruction in the Bible. He plans to use 
regular Bible courses covering the various doctrines and 
books of the Bible. This type of ministry is certain to be 
blessed of the Lord. We will wait with interest to learn of 
the outcome. 

AS WE WERE almost ready to go to press, a very 
splendid gift for the publication day offering arrived from an 
isolated member, Mrs. Retta Fortney from Lodi, Ohio. Al- 
though she states in her letter that she has been sick a 
great deal, her heart is filled with praise to God and she 
assures us that she remembers the publishing interests of 
the church in her prayers. Gifts like this from praying 
hearts like this will bring the sure blessing of the Lord 
upon our work. 



anuary 18, 1936 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



1936 -What Possibilities Does it Hold for the 

Brethren Church ? 



By Dr. J. C. Beal 



Each new year offers possibilities all its own. 
.936 offers possibilities which have never been ours 
—possibilities which no year of the past was able 
o offer. This is due to the conditions that confront 
IS — conditions which have never been just what 
hey are now. 

The wise man carefully surveys the field before 
lim that he may know how best to chart his course. 
\. survey of the fielo- which 1936 has opened reveals 
hings of special interest. 

Skepticism and unbelief are 
)revalent. The spirit of unbelief 
vhich questions the deity of the 
jord Jesus Christ, his atoning 
vork and the authority of the 
/V^ord of God is found every- 
vhere. This condition is found 
lot alone among those who make 
10 profession of faith in the 
jord Jesus, but among those who 
)ose as His followers and His 
nessengers. In spite of this con- 
htion, many are experiencing a 
lefinite heart hunger. These 
mow what has been given them 
s but "husks" and does not sat- ^ 
sfy the longings of the heart. 
VEany who make no profession 
ire waiting for some group of 
people who really believe the 
Book and who really live the life 
>f the Book to open the way for 
;hem to accept the real message of salvation. Many 
n churches — churches that have become honey- 
combed with formality and worldliness — are hungry 
for the message of fellowship and blessed peace that 
las not been proclaimed to them. This condition 
offers an open door for the Brethren Church with 
tier plea of "The Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing 
but the Bible," and furnishes possibilities of unusual 
worth. These possibilities lie in four lines of en- 
deavor. 

There are many cities in our own land where good 



Or. J. 



folks would welcome a church that stands unques- 
tionably on the Bible, and emphasizes its teachings 
as the definite message of the Holy Spirit relative 
to salvation, and sets forth the basis for fellowship 
for those who are children of God. This is evidenced 
by the success which has attended the establish- 
ment of new churches under the direction of our 
Home Mission Board. The work in this line has 
been markedly successful the past year, but the 
possibilities of this present year are many times 
greater. If the Brethren Church 
will be true to the Word and its 
teachings, forget the traditions 
of men, and enter the open doors 
in the homeland, still greater 
success will be experienced. 

Our foreign work has been 
blessed of God in an unusual 
way. Other churches have found 
it necessary to make definite re- 
trenchments, and in many cases 
missionaries have been recalled. 
In our work, the forces are be- 
ing increased and the field ex- 
tended. The result we have expe- 
rienced is undoubtedly due to the 
fact that the salvation of the 
heathen and not his social uplift 
has been uppermost in all our 
endeavors. With this objective 
remaining as the goal, the pres- 
et Beal Q^i ygaj» should see the largest 
ingathering on our foreign stations and the great- 
est offering for foreign work in the history of our 
denomination. With this definite goal before us, 
we need not hesitate to ask the blessings of God 
on our work. He will hear and bless. 

What may be said relative to the possibility of our 
church at home and abroad can be truthfully said 
about the work of the college and seminary. Un- 
told possibihties are presented along this line. Many 
parents are looking for a college which will prove a 
safe place to which to send their sons and daugh- 
ters — a college where faith will not be wrecked. Trag- 




THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 18, 19S( ^ 



Highlights of the Thanksgiving 

Offering for Home Missions 



WAS THE OFFERING LARGER THAN LAST 
YEAR? 

Almost every letter that comes to the office asks 
the above question before it is closed. There seems 
to be a widespread interest in the success of the 
Home Mission offering above former years. It is too 
early as yet to give any real forecast of the final 
sum when the offering is closed on March 1st, but 
here are some of the sums already sent in, and some 
offerings which, while not yet sent in, news of them 
has been forwarded. 

COMPTON, the newest Brethren Church, out in 
California, was just one month old when it gave 
its first Thanksgiving Offering, and it was seventy- 
eight dollars. A larger offering than some churches 
with five times its membership. 

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA, that wonderful work that 
our Board has been assisting for several years, has 
sent in an offering of $529.00. Think of that for a 
church, the very existence of which was questioned 
just a little while back! 

GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA, our new church just 
a little over a year old, raised over two hundred dol- 
lars for the Thanksgiving Offering! And yet some 
folks ask if Home Missions really pay. Some 
churches have not been able to equal this after twen- 
ty years of existence. 

WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA, has reported over 
eight hundred dollars in their Thanksgiving Of- 
fering. This is almost doubled over last year. 

SOUTH GATE, CALIFORNIA, the church that is 
now only six years old, and passed from the help of 
the mission boards just last year has reported an 
offering of over four hundred dollars ! 

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, has raised an 
offering of OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS WE 
ARE TOLD, $500.00 of which has already been sent 
in. We appreciate this substantial increase over last 
year's contribution. 

CONEMAUGH, PENNSYLVANIA, just sent word 
that they had reached the sum of five hundred and 
sixty-one dollars. The story of the rise of this 
church in its giving during the last several years 
would make mighty interesting reading. 



CLEVELAND, OHIO, the new point just opened 
up last January has sent in a report of ninety-foui 
dollars. Every Ohio church should be proud of th« 
way their newest church has shown such fine spirit, 

THE THIRD PHILADELPHIA CHURCH, also a 
mission point only a couple of years ago released 
from the Mission Board, has gone past all former 
years in their giving to Home Missions and has this 
year given Five Hundred and thirty-six dollars. Each 
year this church has increased its giving until it has 
become one of the leading congregations in this 
respect. 

DAYTON, OHIO. As these lines are being written 
the report comes from the Dayton Church. This 
church has led the denomination in Home Missions 
for years, but it began to look like they would lose 
their crown this year, when lo, and behold, here 
comes ELEVEN HUNDRED AND FOUR DOLLARS 
AS THEIR THANKSGIVING OFFERING! ALL 
HONOR TO DAYTON AND THEIR WORTHY PAS- 
TOR. This is simply great. 

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, the little mission 
point that has seemed to have so many setbacks has 
sprung into real life and among many other surpris- 
ing advances, this year raised over two hundred and 
five dollars ! Think of that. 

Offerings are coming in every day and could be 
added to make a mighty interesting account of the 
way the cause of Home Missions is growing in the 
Brethren Church. It gives every indication to date 
that the Home Mission Board will be able to carry 
outfits program of new churches for the coming 
year. It begins to appear that the Brethren Church 
has finally caught her vision of spreading the gospel 
to America. 



A TESTIMONY CONCERNING BAPTISM 

From Jerome 

(Born about 340 A. D.) 

"We are thrice dipped in water, that the 
mystery of the Trinity may appear to be but 
one; and therefore, though we be thrice un- 
der water to represent the mystery of the 
Trinity, yet it is reputed but one baptism." 



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THE Our last notes were written as we 

rLENDALE were just starting the meeting at 
REVIVAL Glendale. This Glendale work was 
started by Brother and Sister Ar- 
lur Cashman right after they left the work at the 
econd Church of Los Angeles. There was a small 
roup of fine folks already members of the Brethren 
Ihurch, who were living in the city. These have 
roved to be a fine foundation for the work and are 
ow constituting the leadership of the present work. 
Lbout one year ago Brother Cashman resigned to 
ike up other work and Brother Donald Carter took 
p the task of leading this new church. A few weeks 
fter he began at Glendale, Brother Carter took to 
imself a bride in the person of Miss Dorothy Sor- 
nsen. Miss Sorensen had been a member of the 
'irst Brethren Church of Long Beach, and was or- 
anist there for years. These young folks were well 
mown and loved in Southern California and have 
njoyed the encouragement and help of the district 
1 a remarkable way. 

This work has grown in a most unusual way. 
ITiile the congregation has increased considerably, 
he Sunday School has grown by leaps and 
ounds. The week before our meetings closed the 
lunday school had an attendance of two hundred and 
ix. The equipment of the building is already taxed 
nd more room must be provided before many 
lonths pass or the work will suffer. This church is 
ocated right in the midst of a community of thous- 



ands with no other church work going on. The pos- 
sibilities are simply unlimited. The Sunday school 
must be fostered for it is from these that the church 
must get its members. Our statistics show that 
eighty per cent of the members of the church come 
from the Sunday school. The need for spending mon- 
ey to build up a large Sunday school is obvious. 
Here in Glendale we have the finest material for a 
church as strong as any in our brotherhood today. 

Being a new church, and as yet having no stand- 
ing in the estimation of the people, it was very 
hard to get a large attendance at any of the services. 
In a real sense it was a time of getting the commun- 
ity acquainted with the Brethren Church. A con- 
gregation does not get into the confidence of a com- 
munity in a day. Scores of people who were wholly 
unknown to the pastor or people came during the 
meeting. However, the size of the crowds does not 
always indicate the numbers that will be won for 
Christ. It was not so in this case. A fine harvest was 
reaped during the meeting without large crowds. 
The number won during a meeting means more when 
you consider the size of the congregation. Fifty 
souls won by a congregation of forty members is a 
comparatively greater task than fifty souls won 
by a congregation of seven hundred members. It 
speaks volumes for the effectiveness of the Chris- 
tian testimony of those forty members. 

Delegations from various Brethren Churches in 
the district helped in the meetings a lot, lending 



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We Greet the New Editor 

This will be the first Home Mission number of the Brethren Evangelist under the' 
direction of Brother Charles W. Mayes, as editor of the paper. We are glad to publish 
this word of greeting to him in his new work. We have no hesitation in saying that 
we look forward to marked achievements in the production of a great denominational 
magazine. He brings to the editorship of the Brethren Evangelist the essential qualifi- 
cations for such a ministry. To build a truly spiritual magazine, an editor must be a 
teacher of the Word of God who can grip others with its truth, and interpret the course 
of events in the light of it. An editor of such a magazine must feel the dependence that 
his readers place upon him to give true guidance in a changing world. He must have in 
himself the rich, sweet, yet firm spirit of Christ that holds the truth in love. We truly 
feel that our God has raised up the right man for the right place, at the right time. The 
Home Mission Board extends best wishes to our brother in his new field of labor, and 
pledge our support and our prayers that he may be used of God to aid in leadmg the 
Brethren Church to a greater ministry for Christ in these tragic days. 



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January 18, 193C 



encouragement at times when most needed. The 
song services under the leadership of Al Lovejoy 
were a real inspiration. The talent and equipment 
enjoyed in these meetings were worthy of a far 
greater hearing. 

We found Brother and Sister Carter to be excell- 
ently equipped for the work they have to do. Broth- 
er Carter is a faithful house to house visitor and has 
learned his field in a short time. Our home was with 
them during the meetings and we could not have 
asked for a more congenial fellowship than we en- 
joyed there. We also greatly appreciated the fine 
hospitality of the members and friends of the 
church in whose homes we had many splendid meals. 

Altogether, this is a great field with a great op- 
portunity, and the Brethren Church should spare no 
pains to take this community for Christ. It is just 
one more of the fine opportunities the Lord is giv- 
ing the Brethren Church in these last days. It is 
one more reason for the Brotherhood to stand by 
its Home Mission work in a greater way than ever 
before. 

THE After nearly four months of work in 

LONG California in evangelistic work and in gen- 
TRAIL eral administrative work In behalf of our 
Home Mission opportunities in that sec- 
tion, we started east again. We took the southern 
route through El Paso, Texas, knowing that storms 
had filled the passes in the mountains on the Lincoln 
Highway with snow. It was warm and sunny when 
we left Southern California. Gardens were laden 
with roses and chrysanthemums, birds were singing 
and children playing in the streets. All the way 



through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas 
and Oklahoma, we had warm and sunny weather, to( 
warm at times. But as soon as we reached Missour 
we could feel the chill in the air. Within a few hours 
of running, we crossed the Ozarks and were in rea 
winter. Roads were getting slippery, sky was over- 
cast, all nature was dry and dead looking, and by th( 
time we reached Illinois a highwind was blowing anc 
snow was flying in the air. Then we had to put al- 
cohol in the radiator to keep it from freezing up 
The last one hundred miles of running was at night 
and done very slow, due to slippery roads. Quite a 
change in such a short time from sunny California 
to a blizzard in Indiana ! But it is all in the course 
of the work. Needless to say, we greatly enjoyed 
Christmas at home with a foot of snow on the 
ground, even if it was six degrees below zero. Home 
is home if it is in Alaska at sixty below. 

COMPTON Last word from Compton, our newesi 
GOING UP Brethren Church, now only two months 
old, is that the Sunday school has al- 
ready reached an attendance of one hundred and 
forty-two with no special effort put forth to reach 
that goal. The membership of the church has grown 
already to over one hundred. This field will show a 
continually phenominal growth for many months we 
firmly believe. They already have their ground pur- 
chased and plans are drawn for the building. By 
God's arrangement a civil engineer and architect 
joined the Compton Church as one of its charter 
members, and he is now drawing the plans free of 
charge for the church. Surely the hand of God is 
on this work. Let us rejoice. 



WAS THAT SOMEBODY YOU? 

Somebody inade a inonthlij pledge 
Testing Ms purse to utmost edge; 
Somebody paid it through the yewr, 
Brightening the world with Christian 

cheer, 

Was that somebody you? 

Somebody handed cheerfully in 
Money to help God's cause to win. 
Somebody kept his promise to pay, 
Wnting his check on each scheduled 

day. 

Was that somebody you? 

Somebody's pledge was only a scrap, 
Paper with no value m,ayhap. 
Somebody's sotd grew sfi/riveled and 

small; 
Failing, he grieved the Lord of all. 

Was that somebody you? 

Somebody let the year slip by. 
Heedless of payments piling high. 
Somebody said, "No more delay; 
Quickly I'll settle that debt today." 
Was that somebody you? 

— Anonymous. 



OUR BRETHREN HOME 

By Dr. Martin Shively 

President Board of Directors 

Brethren Home 

The Townsend Plan may or may not 
be finally made the policy and plan of 
the United States in the treatment it 
accords to those of its citizens who 
have passed the years in which they 
can meet the competition which faces 
men in the fields of labor. If it should 
fail of adoption, as I am confident it 
will, then some other plan will most 
likely be adopted by the operation of 
which, help will be given in some 
amount to those who have passed the 
age at which younger life shall crowd 
them from the lists. In the meantime, 
and perhaps even after such plan shall 
have been adopted and put in opera- 
tion, both duty and love which prompts 
a desire to serve, place the responsibil- 
ity upon us to whom the aged have en- 
trusted themselves to honor the pledges 
we have made to them, to keep them in 
such comfort as we promised through 
our representatives to give them. The 
Brethren Home stands as mark of such 



promise, and the Board of Benevolences 
in its relation to our superannuated 
ministry stands thus also, and the 
whole church not only shares in this 
responsibility but joins us in prayer 
that God may be glorified in the man- 
ner in which we discharge the respon- 
sibility. Will you join us in prayer that 
we may do our whole duty to those 
who look to us to keep the pledge 
which was given to them in your 
name ? 
Ashland, Ohio. 



If we noticed little pleasures 

As we noticed little pains; 
If we quite forgot our losses 

And remembered all our gains; 
If we looked for people's virtues 

And their faults refused to see. 
What a connfortable^ happy, 

Ch&erful place this world would be! 
— Selected. 



"Prayer and Hickory" I like the 
mother who said she raised her boys 
with prayei; and a good hickory. 



fanuary 18, 1936 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 




AMONG 

OUR 

NEW CHURCHES 




Glendale, California 

Just seven months ago it was the privilege of the 
Brethren Church of Glendale to announce the com- 
)letion and dedication of the new church building 
vhich the Lord graciously, even miraculously, pro- 
aded for His people in this thriving city. At that 
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ivork in a new field with the fine plant the Lord had 
riven us with which to work. With such a challenge 
jefore them the people of this group began work in 
earnest, striving to build up a church which would 
?ive honor to the name of our Lord. 

Upon this occasion we bring you a report of the 
work of the Lord in this place since the dedication 
;ime. The Lord has been very gracious in sending 
is teachers and leaders to minister to the growing 
Bible school. Beginning with the first of September 
;he school enjoyed a marvelous growth until now 
wth an average attendance of nearly two hundred 



we have reached the point where we must find more 
room. A really earnest Bible School program car- 
ried on in a community that was untouched by 
Christian influence is largely responsible for the 
growth of the school. In the past few weeks a class 
for those of college age, and a class for men have 
been organized. Due to the fine work of the adults 
of the church we are glad to say that 
nearly fifty per cent of the Bible 
school is made up of people of high 
school age or above. With the great 
need of teachers in the Bible school 
our leaders have realized the necess- 
ity of providing teachers to care for 
the new pupils that are expected. A 
Teachers' Training Class has been or- 
ganized to fit those who wish to teach 
the Word to the pupils. The class, hav- 
ing been organized for some weeks, is 
looking forward to great things in 
the months to come. 

Three new Christian Endeavor So- 
cieties have recently been organized. 
These societies are fast filling a need 
in this community. A Young People's 
Society has been going for some time 
now with an average attendance of 
eighteen, and an Intermediate and an 
Adult Society have recently been or- 
ganized. The Lord has blessed the 
work of these groups in the past few 
weeks and we feel that great things 
are in store for them. 
The Brethren at Glendale were privileged to have 
Rev. R. Paul Miller for an evangelistic campaign re- 
cently. Brother Miller came here Nov. 25th and re- 
mained through the 15th of December. Again the 
Lord was good to his people. We have not been in 
this community long enough to make ourselves real- 
ly known as yet. Therefore it was difficult to attract 
really large crowds to the meetings. However, be- 
cause of the faithful prayers of God's people and the 
powerful witness of the Word from the lips of 
Brother Miller, the Holy Spirit worked in the hearts 
of forty-two people to make their stand for Christ. 



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January 18, 1936 1 



GLENDALE, CALIF. 

(Continued from preceding page) 
Thirty-five of these were first con- 
fessions. The Lord marvellously dis- 
played His power in the genuine con- 
versions which took place here. Twelve 
of these folks were baptized and taken 
into the fellowship of the church and 
several more await baptism. 

This campaign under Brother Miller 
was just the thing to give this new 
church the impetus to really begin 
work. The new members of the church 
are enthusiastic and anxious to get to 
work. The general spirit of the whole 
congregation is such that the best in 
effort may be expected. Every member 
and friend was touched by his fine 
spiritual messages All who had deal- 
ings with him were helped by his fine 
character and disposition. The little 
group of Brethren at Glendale feels 
that it has been welded more firmly 
together and that it has been drawn 
closer to the Lord because of the pres- 
ence of this man with us. 

It is our prayer that as the days 
pass the Brethren of America will be 
continually in prayer that the Lord will 
magnify our testimony here among 
these people who are without hope. 
May those same prayers humbly peti- 
tion the Lord that we may abide strong 
and true, looking for that blessed hope 
and the glorious appearing of the great 
God and Savior Jesus Christ. 

In closing I would like to enumerate 
the wonderful things the Lord has done 
for us in the past few months and 
give Him all the praise and glory: 1. 
God has marvellously led us to an 
ideal church location, more than two 
square miles of heavily populated city 
territory and no other church to con- 
tend with. 2. God has literally given us 
a beautiful little church building in 
which to worship. 3. God has sent 
us scores of children and young people 
to teach and nurture in the Faith of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 4. God has sent 
many friendly hearts and willing hands 
to join in the worship and work in this 
place. 5. God has sent a large number 
of people who are eagerly becoming 
"Brethren" and joining us in the* work 
of winning souls. 6. God has provided a 
capable director of music, teachers, 
and workers to carry on for Him. 7. 
God has blessed in a financial way, put- 
ting the spirit of Scriptural giving in 
the hearts of His people. 8. God has 
poured out His Spirit in this place 
to bring men to the foot of the cross 
for salvation, which thing after all is 
the final end of all Christian work. 
Truly the words of Scripture are real 
and the promise is sure: "If ye shall 
ask anything in my name, I will do 
it." The Lord has been tried here in 
Glendale and He has been found true. 
Our eyes are misty with tears of grati- 
tude and our hearts are bursting with 
joy as we ascribe to Him all the glory 
and honor which are His due. Out of 
His bountiful storehouse He has freely 
bestowed because we have asked in 
faith believing. 

DONALD F. CARTER. 



COVINGTON, VIRGINIA 

Again we are asking for a little space 
in the Evangelist to carry the news 
from Covington, Virginia, to the Breth- 
ren people. We are emphasizing Vir- 
ginia because there still seems to be 
much confusion among our people as to 
the location of the fair city of Coving- 
ton, the place of our new Brethren work. 
In the last (December) Home Mission 
number of the Evangelist we discovered 
the fine picture of part of our congre- 
gation, taken last August, right on the 
front cover, but the words below de- 
scribed it as: "HOME MISSION AD- 
VANCE IN COVINGTON, KEN- 
TUCKY." In the same issue of the 
Evangelist our news report appeared 
marked: "Covington, Virginia." The 
same night when we had first espied 
this confusion about our work in print, 
we visited a Brethren church to attend 
a Christmas program, and there the 
good Brethren pastor introduced us as 
being in charge of the new work in 
Covington, W. Va. In order to avoid 
further confusion let it be known that 
we are located in Covington, VIRGINIA^ 
OLD VIRGINIA to be still more spe- 
cific. 

There may be confusion about our 
location in the minds of our people, 
yet we have convincing evidence that 
the Lord knows exactly where we are. 
We have received His blessings in 
showers, and are persuaded that many 
have upheld us in prayer. Our new 
church building is nearing completion, 
although we have not yet moved in be- 
cause the cold weather delayed our 
progress. The building is under roof, 
all but the laying of the shingles, 
awaiting a couple of days of sunny 
weather which is needed to lay them 
properly. The progress of the building 
which was actually started in Septem- 
ber has been steady, and we are not 
going to stop until it is completed. The 
financial part of the program has also 
been most encouraging, and to date we 
are not a penny in the red, owing to the 
untiring efforts of some of our women, 
as well as the sacrificial spirit of 
friends everywhere. Recently we re- 
ceived a check of $200 from the Na- 
tional Mission Board and we take this 
opportunity to say that the Brethren 
at Covington know how to appreciate 
the help which the Brethren Church is 
giving them through the Mission offer- 
ing. Although trying to pay for every- 
thing on the new building as it is 
needed, they gave a Thanksgiving of- 
fering of $34. 

Our Sunday School and preaching 
services are holding up well in attend- 
ance, but we cannot grow in numbers 
until we move into the new building, 
for the present meeting place is filled. 
Last Sunday (Dec. 22) we had our 
first Christmas program, which was a 
real success and was enjoyed by all. 
Our Junior classes are about the best 
in the Sunday school, and they did their 
part in fine spirit. 

The year 1935 is about to close, and 
as we look back we cannot help but 
sing: "Praise God from whom all bless- 



ings flow." Many things have been 
accomplished, but it is the new year to j 
which we look most of all in the light ' 
of God's promises. The work has justl 
begun and if the Lord should tarry a 
while, great things are doubtless in ! 
store for us. In closing this brief report 
we ask our friends to pray God that He 
might give us courage and grace to go 
on, and preserve the perfect harmony 
which so far we have enjoyed in our 
midst. 

BERNARD N. SCHNEIDER, 
Pastor. 



CLEVELAND, OHIO 

Cleveland Brethren have enjoyed 
three of the busiest and most blessed] 
months of their short history. As thei 
year of 1935 comes to a close, we stop 
to thank our Heavenly Father for the 
many blessings and evidences of His 
favor which have been showered upon 
us. We thank Him for the many kind 
friends scattered throughout the entire 
brotherhood, for those who by their 
prayers and by their gifts have shared 
in, the advancement of the Lord's work 
in building a Brethren Church in this! 
great metropolis. < 

So successful has been the special) 
contest feature of the past quarter) 
that we feel inclined to tell of our ex- 
periences. In October we started, "The 
Brethren Air Races." This contest was 
planned as an aid to the growth of our 
Bible school. 

The "race" was organized with each 
of the six classes sponsoring a "racing 
plane" in the contest. A pilot was se- 
lected from each class to fly the plane 
over the course. Mileage gains were 
computed upon the following basis: At- 
tendance, 20; On Time, 20; Bringing 
Bible, 20; Bringing Visitor, 40; Bring- 
ing New Member, 60. (Incidentally, no 
person was considered a new member 
until he or she had attended the Bible 
school for three successive Sundays). 

The "course" was plotted upon a 
large map of the world, displayed each 
week before the entire school. Toy 
planes in different colors were moved 
as the classes made progress. The 
"course" flown during this interesting 
contest was of particular interest to 
"Brethren." Beginning at Cleveland; 
it went to Germany, the historic birth- 
place of the Brethren church. Thence to 
the south and to the Brethren missions 
in Africa. Turning west and south the 
course crossed the Atlantic Ocean again 
to the coast of South America and 
thence to the mission points located in 
that place. From there the return was 
made to Cleveland. 

Some of the results gained from this 
"race" are indicated in the following: 
there were thirty-three persons present 
for the first service held in Cleveland, 
less than one year ago. During the eight 
months that followed, 26 more persons 
were added to the roll. Then during the 
three months of the "Air Race," 33 
more persons became members of the 

(ConUwued on page 15) 



nuary 18, 1936 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



FOUNDATION BUILDERS PAGE 

We have another Scripture cartoon for the Foundation Builders boys and girls. We 
hope that if you enjoy these cartoons that y ou will write to Mr. J. E. Tate, Jr. in care 
of our Office in Berne, Indiana, and tell him so. 



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Financial Report 

THANKSGIVING OFFERING 



(Note: All amounts are for General Fund, except 
those designated as follows: (D Literature, (K) 
Kentucky, (E) Evangelism, (R. T.) Riverside TrucU. 
and the different Mission Points). 
1st Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 

Congregation $300.00 

Congregation 185.10 

M. Alice Ward S.flO 

Total 490.16 

1st BretJiren Church. 
New Kensington, Pa. 

Foundation Builders 11.15 

Church Offering 9.00 

Church Offering (Covington) .25 

Total 20.40 

1st Brethren Church, 
Elkhart Ind. 

Congregation (Cleveland) 100.00 

Nellie Kilian (Cleveland) 5.00 

Total 105.00 

Corinth Brethren Church, 
Indiana. 

Congregation 10. 34 

Congregation (R.T.) 1.00 

Congregation (K.) 2.00 

Total 19.34 

Valley Brethren Church. 
.Tones Mills, Pa. 

Katherlne Miller 5.00 

Miscellaneous 4.25 

Total 9.25 

Denver Brethren Church, 
Denver. Indiana. 

Eev. Arthur Tinkle 5.00 

Miscellaneous 8. 00 

..Total 13.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Oakville, Ind. 
Congregation 100. 00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Beaver City, Nebr. 

Mrs. C. D. Miller 5.00 

Mrs. Emma E. Atwood 5.00 

"W. M. S 5.00 

Miscellaneous 7. 75 

Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Seiber 40.00 

Total 02.75 

Gretna Brethren Church, 

Belief ontaine, Ohio. 

Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Neer 30.00 

Ezra J. Neer 20. 00 

Mrs. A. J. Neer's S. S. Class 7.34 

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hudson 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Miller 10.00 

Gretna W. M. S 7.15 

Mr. and Mrs. Banner Bush 5.00 

Church Offermg 8.00 

Total 92.49 

A Friend 100.00 

William TJllery 5.00 

Brlstor, Ind. 
Mr. Wm. S. Goss 2.00 

Eau Claire, Wis. 
Mrs. A. P. Williams 3.00 

McCIouth, Kans. 
Mrs. Jessie Shears (E) 1,00 

Pasadena, Calif. 
Mrs. Isaac Gnibb 5,00 

.Tohnstown. Ohio 
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Gutknecht 5.00 

Stuttgart. Ark. 
.Tennie Grove. (Cleveland) 1.00 

Canton, Ohio 
Mrs. Seltha Dawson 5.00 

Marion, Ind. 
Miss Agnes Bowers 1.50 

Fostoria, Ohio. 
Walter R. Bogue (Compton) (Gen.) 10.00 

Romona, Calif. 
Center Chapel Brethren Church, 

Peru, Ind. R. B. 

Congregation 13.19 

Congregation (K) 1. 00 

Total 14.19 

Daniel Crofford 1. 00 

Hallandale, Fla. 
Mr. W. J. Johnson 5. 00 

Winton. Calif. 
Mr. Walter R. Ronemous 5. 00 

Charleston, S. C. 
Mrs. Rose T. Replogle 1.00 

Oaklyn, N. J. 
Lilly Duncan 2 00 

Fayetteville. W. Va. 
Mrs. Wm. Wright 1.00 

Rochester, Ind. 
Mary A. and CarryeTH. Arthur ........... 2.00 



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Red Key, Ind. 
Mrs. O. A. Metz 5,00 

Sibley, la. 

A Friend (K) 3.00 

Mrs. Mary Snyder 10. 00 

Glover Gap. Md. 
Clara Beclmer Bair 1.00 

Rochester. Ind. 
Mrs. Norman McCluro 1.00 

DuQuoln, 111. 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Gnibb 5.00 

Turlock, Calif. 
Mrs. Louisa J. Miller ' 10.00 

Wabash, Ind, 
Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Grise (Cleveland) .... G.50 

Damascus, Ohio 
Anna Guthrie 1.00 

Belleville, Ohio 
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Moses 2.50 

Claysville, Pa. 
Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Focht 10.00 

Richmond, Ind. 
Mrs. Laura Busey 2.00 

Champaign, lU. 
Mrs. R. H. Aeby 6.50 

Indianapolis, Ind. 
Beckie C. Smith 10.00 

Bedford, Pa. 
M. A. Kurts ■ B.OO 

Wabash, Ind. 
K. R. Boon 5.00 

Durham, Calif. 
Mrs. J. L. Wissinger 2.25 

Cresson, Pa. 
Vaugh HeUer (E) 5.00 

Indianapolis, Ind. 
Isaac M. Beer and family 2.00 

Hagerstown, Md. 
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Murphy 2.00 

Monongah, W. Va. 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Coover 2.00 

Harbor Springs, Mich. 
Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Tibbals 5.00 

Panora, la. 
Mrs. Sarah Toder B.OO 

Covina, Calif. 
Mrs. Ellen Flichinger (R.T.) (Gen.) 1.50 

Boardman, Oregon. 
County Line Brethren Church, 

Lakeville. Ind. 

Sunday School 4.00 

Ora Ringer and family 2.00 

Total 6.00 

Danville Brethren Church, 
Danville. Ohio. 

Mrs. MoUie Sherman 2.C5 

1st Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio. 

Rev. A. L. DeLozier 5.00 

Mrs. H. H. Lehman 5.00 

Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Ronk 0.00 

Mrs. E. M. Shomber 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Myron Kimmel 5. 00 

Mr. and Mrs. B. Frank Zercher 5. 00 

Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Black 5.00 

Miss Esther Abrams 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jos Rairigh 5.00 

Mrs. Cynthia Blotter 10.00 

Lyda Wertman 5.00 

Mrs. E. L. Kilhefner (Cleveland) 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Alva J. McClain 10.00 

Dr. K. M. Monroe 5.00 

Helen Garber B.OO 

Gifts less than $5.00 27.05 

Gifts less than $5.00 (K) 6.50 

Gifts less than $5.00 (Tracy. Calif.) 3.00 

Dr. and Mrs, C. L. Anspach 10.00 

Total 147.55 

1st Bretliren Church, 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

Earle Peer (C) 7.33 

Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Edwards (C) 5.00 

P. B. Miller (C) 5.00 

Mrs. Isabel Wyke (C) 5.00 

Mr. James O. Wehrly, (C) 15.00 

Gifts less than .$5.00 (C) ' 52.67 

F. B. Bank 4.32 

Total 94, 32 

Vinco Brethren Church. 

Vinco, Pa. 

Congregation 107.53 

Mrs. John Rockford 5.00 

Van Etten, N. Y. 
1st Brethren Church, 

North Manchester, Ind. 

Congregation 99.00 

E. J. Hippensteel 6.00 

Walter Loucks 5.00 

Total 112.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Clay City, Ind. 

Evelyn Lash 5.00 

C. C. Roush and family 5.00 

A. P. Megenhardt and family 5.00 

Ruth Rentschler 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. L. Francis 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. V. Oherholtzer 5.00 

C. Long's Class 5,82 

Gifts less than $5.00 29.15 



January 18, 1936 



Total 64.971 



1st Brethren Church, 
Berlin, Pa. 

Mrs. Harry Shultz 

Mary Jane Meyers 

F. H, Meyers 

Mrs. James Lynch 

Mrs. A. L. Long 

Rev. N_ V. Leatherman , . . 

Ida Kimmel (Iv) 

Mrs. E. S. Ivimmel 

Marie V. Flamm 

Mildred Deitz 

Minnie Dickie 

Adule C. E 

A. B. Coher 

A. M. Coher 

M. O. Barkley 

Mr. and Mrs. F, W. Brant 
Geneva Altfather (Spokane) . 
Miscellaneous 



Total 

Summitt Mills Brethren Church, 
Myersdale, Pa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin H. Fike 

Mr. and Mrs. Hahlon W. Werner 

Mr. and Mrs, Lloyd Klotz 

Mrs. Elizabetti Rishel 

Henry C. Hosteller and family 

MisceRaneous 



Total 

Morrill Brethren Church, 

Morrdl, Kansas. 

Foundation Builders . . . 
1st Brethren Church, 

West Alexandria^ Ohio. 

Harry J. Riner 

Congregation 



Total 

Is6 Brethren Church, 
Portis, Kansas. 
T. N. Garner (K.) (Gen.) 

Ira Angell 

Charley Knoll 

Gifts less than $5.00 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Sergeantsville, N. J. 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Whitlock 

Mrs. Chas. Johnson 

Miss Bess E .Fisher 

Miss Ida Leigh 

Church Offering 



Total 



Clara Berkeybile 

Mifflin, Pa. 
Mrs. Margaret Hartman , 

Wakarusa. Ind. 
Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Strayer 

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 
Mt. Pleasant Brethren Church, 

Mt. Pleasant , Penna. 

Rev. D. C. White 

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Muller . . . 

Church Offering 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Clayton, Ohio. 
Mrs. Ruth Waymire . . . 
Miss Elizabeth Hepner 
Foundation Builders . . 
S. S, Offering 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Sterling, Ohio. 
Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Berry (C) (K) 

Dr. J. C. Beal 

I. L. Close and family (C) (Gen.) . 

C. C. Crawford and family 

Rev. Albert L. Plory 

Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Hartzler 

Miss Geneva Kuhn 



5.C 
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5.C 

5.r 

5.C 
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Miss Bertha Kuhn 10. 00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Mast 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Moine 

Mr, and Mrs. F. E. Moine 

Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Fouch 

Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Steiner 

Gifts less than $5.00 



Total 114.25 

Juniata Brethren Church, 

Juniata, Pa. 

Congregation 5. oo 

Raystown Brethren Church. 

Saxton, Pa. 

Congiegation g. 10 

ls6 Brethren Church, 

Fillmore, Calif. 

Congregation 65.00 

Mrs. J. F. Wlsman 1, oO 

Edinburg, Va. 
West Homer Brethren Church, 

Homerville, Ohio. 

Mr. and Mrs. Herman A, Hoyt 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hopkins 5. 00 

Mr. L. L. Hummel 5.00 



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Mr. John Correll 


10.00 


Mr. Harold McDaniels 

Eev. Floyd Shiery 

Mr. Carl Hummel 


5.00 
5.50 
5.00 


Mr. Edmund Hastings 

Mrs. Sarah Correll 

Foundation Builders Banks 

W. M. S 


10.00 

5.00 

13.92 

10 08 




20 50 






Total 


115 00 


mtli Gate Brethren Church, 
South Gate, Calif. 




t Brethren Church, 
Canton, Ohio. 


20G 75 


t Brethren Church, 
Hamlin. Kanr. 

Mr. and Mrs. N. P. EgHn 

Mr. and Mrs. S. I. MiUer 


. . . 25.00 


Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Blanchard 

Mr. S. A. Shannan 

Mififipllnnpniit; 


5.00 
5.00 
6 55 






Total 


53 55 


t Brethren Church, 
Sidney, Indiana. 




Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Smith (K) 

Mr. and airs. F. C, Brown 

Kev. and Mrs. Louis Engle 


5.00 
5.00 
10.00 
10.00 
5 00 










Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Sisk (Bremerton) . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Hunter 


5.00 










rypton Brethren Mission, 
Krypton, Ky. 












Total 




js. M. B. Altemus (Cleveland) 


1.00 



Johnstown, Pa. 

orth Georgetown Brethren Church, 

North Georgetown, Ohio. 

Congregation 

Lain Street Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

Sunday School 

Berean Class 

Sunshine Class 

W. M. S 

Primary Dept 

Hev. and ilrs. O. A. Lorenz 

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Blocher and Lynn . . 

W. S. Liyengood 

Church Offering 29.79 

Church Offering (K) 10.00 



7.00 



20.21 
10.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 



Total 100.00 

It Brethren Church, 

MlUedgeviUe, lU. 

Mrs. C. A. Stralia (K) 5.00 



Dr. and Mrs. W. S. BeU 

Alice and Armanda Livengood 

H. H. Walier 

Mr. and Mrs. Madden Crouse 

W. M. S 

Primary Department 

Gifts less than $5.00 (K) and (G) 



Total 

St Brethren Church, 
Compton. Calif. 

; Congregation 

s£ Brethren Church, 
' South Bend, Ind. 

- Mr. and Mrs. \Vm. Toder 

I Mr. and Mrs. Dale Ulhricht . 

Miss miie Garwood 

E. A. Duker and family 

- C. A. Sholly and family 

Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Stickler 
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Meinke . 
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Eoscoe . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Colip . . . 

Mrs. Anna Shorb 

Mr. and Mrs. L. I. Whitmer 

Primaries and Juniors 

Kev. and Mrs. K. F. Porte . . . 
Miscellaneous 



Total 

St Brethren Church, 
Meciso, Ind. 

E. O. Donaldson 

Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Black .. 
Mr. and Jlrs. Josiah Mans . . . 
Elmer Berkheiser and family 

W. S. Bond 

Rev. L. S. King 

Miscellaneous 

Mrs. B. E. Donaldson (E) . 

Total 



5.00 
5.00 
6.01) 
5.00 

10.00 
5.3.-; 

27.22 

07.58 



6.00 
6.00 
5.00 
5.00 
7.00 
5.00 
5.00 

10.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
4.40 
5.00 

43.(;9 

115.09 



5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
6.00 
5.00 
6.00 
25.50 
10.00 

66.56 



1st Brethren Church, 
Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Allarding (E) (G) 30.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Carter (B) 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lester MiUer (E) (L) (Glen) 

(K.) (Gen.) c.OO 

Mr. and Mrs. Charies Darby (E) (Gen.) ... 12.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Groff 10.00 

Sunday School 20.35 

aiiss Meredith Darby (K) (Gen.) 8.00 

Kev. and Mrs. Arthur Carey 20.00 

ilisceUaneous gifts under $5.00 4.72 

Total paid 128.07 

Total pledged 148.07 

1st Brethren Church, 
New Lebanon. Ohio. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Landis 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Erbaugh 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Weaver 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Eok 15.00 

JMisceUaneous 28.30 

Total 58.30 

1st Brethren (lihurch, 
Bryan, Ohio. 

Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Stewart 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Carmon Oienrider (E) (K) 

(Gen.) 15.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Kobert Zimmerman (E) 

(Gen.) 12.00 

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Musser 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Ransom 5. 00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Erlsten 20.00 

Minnie Schad 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bowers 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Keiser 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 40.00 

Total 122.00 

Bethel Brethren Church, 
Mulvane, Kans. 

Mr. F. C. Schaper 5.00 

Church 10.85 

Total 15.85 

3rd Brethren Church, 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

Mr. and Mrs. E. Kalesse Sr. (Osc.) 8.00 

PhUip T. Pfaff C.OO 

Mrs. Sarah Romig (Osc.) and (Gen.) 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. P. Haines 6.50 

Mr. Jarab Muller 30.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Emhart 25.00 

Helen Scheck (Osc.) and (Gen) 15.00 

Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Steffler 15.00 

Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Kolb (Osc.) and (Gen.) 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. P. Vesser (Osc.) 10.00 

Ida Schaffer (Osc.) and (Gen.) 10.00 

Mrs. Eaj'mond Adams (Osc.) 10.00 

Mrs. Gault and tamUy 5.00 

Fred H. Kalesse 5.00 

JMr. and Mrs. Philip Pfaff (Osc.) 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. G. Struth (Osc.) 5.00 

Mrs. C. Marshall 6,00 

Mrs. John Bauers 5.00 

Mr. John Bauers 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Welt (Osc.) 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. Buchter 25.00 

Christian Dunyon 5.00 

Wm. J. and Alice Emhart 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. M. Hearne 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Shields Jr 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Shaw 5.00 

Mrs. J. Horst 5.00 

Miss Ida Green WOO 

Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Coughlin 5.00 

Primary ..Class 15.00 

W. M. S 25.00 

Sr. C. E 5.00 

Laymen of 3rd Church 10.00 

Young Ladies Bible Class 15.00 

Beginners Class (Osc.) 10-00 

Class No. 1 10-00 

Sunday School 35.00 

Junior C. E. (Osc.) 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 55.75 

Gifts less than $5.00 (Osc.) 10.05 

MisceUaneous l^-'^jj 

Additional ^^.10 

Emanuel P. Erickson °-"" 

Total - 530.16 

Fort Scott Brethren Church. 
Port Scott. Kansas. 

Foundation Builder's »-" 

Mr and Mrs- Geo. Mayberry 8-0^ 

Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Otto 5-00 

Hev. and Mrs. L. G. Wood 6.00 

Miss Lucy Fricker 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Clum 120.00 

Mrs. H. S. Enslow -'•"" 

Total 1"-13 

1st Brethren Church, 
DaUas Center, la. 

Sarah E. Buterbaugh =.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. A. Royer 6.00 

Mr and Mrs. Noah Hawbaker o-™ 

Gifts less than $5.00 (K.) (Gen.) ^0.50 

Total , 36-5» 



Calvary Brethren Church, 
Pittstown, N. J. 

Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Weber 5.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Flora. Ind. 

Mr. J. jr. Roskuski 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Brown 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Fife 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cripe 6.00 

Miss Esther Roskuski 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred AUbaugh 5.00 

Mr. and Sirs. Dalta Myer 10.00 

C. A. Hendris: and family 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Fisher 5.00 

MisceUaneous S. S. Offering 41.45 

MisceUaneous Church Offering 14.75 

Found'ation Builders Banks 18.82 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Flora (F. B.) 5.00 

Total 140.02 

1st Brethren Church, 
Pleasant HUl, Ohio. 

A Friend 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. McBride 5.00 

airs. S. F. Class 6.00 

Sunday School 25.0C 

Gifts less than $5.00 (E) (K) 9.35 

ToUl 49.41 

1st Brethren Church, 
Rittman, Ohio. 

Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Blotter 5.00 

Miss Floy Hoover 20.00 

Miss Eula Blotter 6.00 

Mr. and Sirs. E. O. Frank 6.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 19.11 

Total 65.11 

1st Brethren Church, 
Sunnyside, Wash. 

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Turner 5.00 

F. E. Lacey 6.00 

Albert Bishop 5.00 

Mr. T. R. Muir 10.00 

Mrs. T. R. Muir (K.) (E.) 15.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Weed 6.00 

Fred Chambers 5.00 

Berean Class 5.00 

ilr. and Sirs. Padgham 5.00 

Rev. Earl Reed 5.00 

Jlrs. Hoffman and Margarita 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. M. Miller (Bremerton) .. 5.00 

F. R. and M. L. Wescott (Bremerton) 5.00 

Joe Fuerst (Bremerton) 5.00 

HaUie Mackey (Bremerton) 5.00 

W. G. Belcher (Bremerton) 15.00 

Don Hadley (Bremerton; 6.00 

Mrs. Grace Turner (Bremerton) and (Gen.) 6.00 

Gifts less than ?5.00 39.73 

Total 154.73 

1st Brethren Church, 
Carleton. Nebr. 

F. B 5. 70 

Church Offering 5.01 

Total 10. 71 

1st Brethren Church, 
Milford, Ind. 

Congregation 12.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hoover and family .. 5.00 

Total 17.00 

Ardmore Brethren Church, 
South Bend, Ind. 

Congregation 27.00 

Zefto Miller 5.00 

Mr , A. G. Carpenter 5.00 



Total 37.00 
1st Brethren Church, 
Napanee, Ind. 

W. M. S 28.00 

John S. Wisler 25.00 

Mr. and ilrs. Donald Roose 7.50 

airs. M. D. Price 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. U. J. Shively 6.00 

Mr. and Sirs. O. Secrist 5.00 

Mrs. Barbara Musser 5.00 

Mrs. Wm. Widmoyer 5.00 

Samuel Richmond 6.44 

Rev. and Mrs, G. L. Maus 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Leslie 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Johnson 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sharp 5.00 

Jlr. and Mrs. Galen Roose 5.00 

ilrs. Edwin Kent 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank McDonald 6.00 

Church and Sunday School 08.32 

MisceUaneous (K) 7.00 

Total 200w82 

1st Bretluen Church, 
Huntington, Ind. 

Congregation 3.50 

Mrs. BeUe Zook 5.00 

Total e.50 

Tiosa Brethren Church, 

Rochester, Ind. 

Congregation 20.50 

1st Brethren Church, 

Mansfield, Ohio. 



14 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 18, 193ii 



Dr. Martin SMvely 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 3.0G 

Total 8.0G 

ls£ Brethren Church, 
Spokane, Wash. 

Mrs. Florence Smith 5,00 

Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Jones (Ch. Er.) and 

(Gen.) 7.00 

Mr. and Mrs. L. Miller 5. 00 

Rev. and Mrs. A. L. Lantz 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Reineck 5.00 

Mrs. Teressa Wagner 5.00 

Lillian E. Bowers 5.00 

Mrs. Lowery and family 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Roberts G.50 

Foundation Builders 5.10 

Sunday School 10.87 

Miscellaneous 5.53 

Total 70.00 

Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Ind. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Rieson 5.00 

Archie Parr 5.00 

Mrs. Wm. H. Smitley 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Smitley 5.00 

Glenn Myers 5.00 

Mrs. Glen Myers 5. 00 

Iva Fetters 5.00 

Mr. B. C. Fetters 10.00 

Evelyn Fetters (K.) (Gen.) 10.00 

S. 3. Leininger 6.00 

Geneieve Leininger 5. 00 

R. J. Witter 5.00 

Viltor F. Kuhn 5.00 

J. L. Yaney 10.00 

E. A. JuiUerat 5.00 

S. M. M 9.21 

Church and S. S 168.99 

Foundation Builders 13. 49 

Total 2S1.G9 

Ist Brethren Church, 
La Verne, Calif. 

Mrs. Eliabetr BoUing 15.00 

Ruhy Bowman {E. Bowman) (Gen.) 10.00 

Mrs. Eliabeth Clemmer 5.00 

Sarah Cobaugh 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D .L. Fox 10.00 

Mrs. Sam Hanawalt (K) (Gen) 10.00 

Wilber Hoskins 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Jeff ers 5. 00 

Mrs. Eliabeth Laughlin 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. McCleUan G.50 

Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Monia 10. 00 

Mrs. A. L. Montz 5. 00 

Mrs. Vere Ealey 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Steves 15.00 

Mrs. Marion Singer 5. 00 

Mrs. Lena Belle Sickle (Ch. Er) (K) (Gen) 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Sheldon 5. 00 

Orville and Ruth Thomason 5.00 

Women's Bible Class 10.00 

Elias D. ^Vhite 10.00 

Joe Whitehead -. 5. 00 

Mrs. Elizabeth Boiling (Bowman) 5.00 

Miscellaneous gifts G8.15 

Miscellaneous gifts (K) 2.50 

Cradle Roll (Sewell Landrum) 5.00 

Sunday School (E. Bowman) 5.00 

Total 243.15 

3rd Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa. 

Jonathan Kels 6. 00 

H. H. Link 5.00 

Rev. and Mrs. J. L. Gingrich 5. 00 

Catherine Keifer 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Benshof 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. Benshoff 5.00 

Catherine Benshoff 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Stump 5.00 

William Keifer 5.00 

Foundation Builders .39. 85 

lioose Offering 15.15 

Total 100.00 

1st Brethren Church, 

Lanark, 111. 

Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Puterbaugh (K) (Gen) 20.00 

Geo. Garber 15. 00 

Builder's Class 10.00 

Sadie Puterbaugh 10. 00 

Mrs. Florence Tiniman (K) 10.00 

R. M. Flickinger 5.50 

United Workers Class 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Deets 5.00 

Edwin P. Fllclunger 5.00 

Rev. G. T. Ronk 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 20.50 

Mr. and Mrs Roy Greenawalt 5.00 

Total IIG.OO 

1st Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, Md. 

Mrs. Ella Bovey 10.00 

L. A. Sponseller and family 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Williams 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Braden Ridenour 10.00 

Mrs. C. Frank Myers 10. 00 

Mrs. N. E. Fahrney 5.00 

Allen Long 10.00 

Miss Emma Newcomer 5.00 



Miss Mary Bentz 5. 00 

Mrs. J. M. Tombaugh 5.00 

Mrs. Maud W. Funk 5.00 

Mrs. Beulah P. Lohman 5. 00 

Mrs. H. C. Keplinger 5.00 

Mrs. J. P. Spedden 5.00 

W. G. Bamhisel family 10.00 

Miss Olive Myers 5.00 

Miss Ethel Myers 5.00 

. . C. Frank Myers 5. 00 

Mr. B. P. Schindel 5.00 

Mr. J. P. Spedden 5.00 

H. C. Keplinger 5.00 

Willing Workers Class 25.00 

S. S. and Church Offering 49.32 

Miscellaneous (K) 1.S7 

A Roy Sprecher 5.00 

Total 211.19 

Mr. H. S. Eyraan, 5.00 

Big Bow, Kans. 

Mr. C. K. Kelsey B.OO 

Swanton, Ohio. 
St. James Brethren Church, 
Lydia, Md. 

Thelma Baker 5.00 

C. E 3.1G 

Women's Bible Class 7.68 

Church 9.85 

Sunday School 10.00 

Foundation Builders 33.31 

Total C9.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Waterloo, la. 

Mr. and Mrs, N. J. Fike 5.00 

Mrs. Maude Hady 5.00 

Mrs. Mary Harbaugh 5.00 

Mrs. James Holmes 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Cleve G. Miller 5.00 

Rev. and Mrs. E. M. Riddle 5.00 

Edwin J. Schrock 5.00 

Service Circle S. S. Class 5.00 

W. M. S 8.53 

Miscellaneous 33. 9G 

Total 82.49 

Riverside Brethren Church, 
Lost Creek, Ky. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde K. Landrum (R.T.) 9.00 

Lucinda Landrum 5. 00 

Mr. and Mrs. Sewell Landrum (R.T.) 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 (R.T.) 3.00 

Foundation Builders 8. 88 

Total 30.88 

1st Brethren Church, 
Williamstown, Ohio. 

Miss Josephine Wolford 5.00 

Mrs. Perry Davis 5.00 

Mrs. Gail Knight 5.00 

Mr. S. S. Tombaugh 5.00 

Mrs. S. S. Tombaugh 5.00 

Miscellaneous 9.30 

Total 34.30 

1st Brethren Church, 
Loree, Ind. 

Rev. C. T. Gilmer 5.00 

A. T. York 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 32.41 

Total 42.41 

IsE Brethren Church, 
North Liberty, Ind. 

Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Wolf 6.00 

Miscellaneous 14.00 

Total 19.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Allentown, Pa. 

Mr. and 'Mis. Henry Merkrantz 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Schaffer 5.00 

Miscellaneous 9. 83 

Total 19. 83 

1st Brethren Church, 
Goshen, Ind. 

Sunday School 30. 88 

1st Brethren Church, 
Gratis, Ohio. 

Foundation Builders 1S.9G 

Mr. and Mrs. N. G. Kimmel 10.00 

Estella Zimmerman G.OO 

Mr. Dave Gilbert 10.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 7.18 

Total 52.14 

1st Brethren Church, 
TJniontown, Pa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Fisher 6.00 

Miss Lucetta Hibbs (K) (Gen.) 5.00 

Mrs. Millie Griffin (N. Ken.) 5.00 

Rev. Wm. Clough 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Porter 5.00 

jVIt. and Mrs. H. E. Wagner 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 105.38 

Hutchinson C. E 5.00 

F. B 10.14 

Total 150.52 

1st Brethren Church, 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

Congregation , . , , 250.00 



1st Brethren Church, 

Roann, Ind. 

Congregation , 

Burlington Brethren Church, 

Burlington, Ind. 

Congregation 

1st Brethren Church, 

Martinsburg, Pa. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. DiUing 

Mrs. J. L. Hampton, and Ruth . . . . 

D. M. Klepser 

Mrs. Mary and Sannle Klepser . . . . 

Ladies Bible Class 

Men's Bible Class 

Rose Circle Class 

Sunday School 

David Snider 

W. M. S 

Mrs. Alice Wisler 

Gifts less than $5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 (Juniata) .... 

C. E. Society 

S. S. Classes gifts less than $5.00 

Loose Offering 

F. B. Prize Bank 



Total llO.f 

1st Brethren Church, 
Louisville, Ohio. 

L. P. Clapper 

Viola Knoll 

Mrs. Floyd Miller 

L. E. Mnier 

Ida Ross 

Galan Sluss 

Rev. A. E. Whitted 

Dorothy Whitted 

Glad Hand Class 

Gifts less than $5.00 '. 



Total , 

1st Brethren Clhurch, 
Maurertown, Va. 
Mrs. H. O. Eeydler (Covington) 
Miscellaneous 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

Congregation 

Congregation 



10.0 

3i.i 



400.( 
704. i 



Total 1104.! 



Highland Brethren Church, 

Marianna, Pa. 

Congregation , 

Mrs. Chas Himiller 

Washington Court House, Oh 
Mrs. Rose Replogle 

Oaklyn, N. J. 
Isabella Mast 

Spooner, Wis. 
Arkton Brethren Church, 

Dayton, Va. 

Mrs. E. G. Goode 

White Dale Brethren Church, 

Terra Alta, W. Va. 

Congregation 

1st Brethren Church, 

Waynesboro, Pa. 

Men's Bible Class , 

Friendship Bible Class 

W. M. S 

Grace B. Shockey 

Robert B. Shockey 

J. Ed. Cordell and wife 

A Friend 

Mrs. Laura Shearer 

Hiram S. Minnich , 

Philathea B. Class 

Mrs. Lulu Boteler , 

Mr. D. C. Sheeley 

Mr. H. E. Smith 

Junior Dept. of S. S 

W. C. Benshoff 

Mr. H. A. Miller 

Miss Gertie Kriner 

2nd Primary Class 

W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Chas. E. Martin 

A Friend 

B, L. Stains 

Melvin Rock 

Junior C. E. Society 

Young Men's Missionary Society 

Ruby and Pauline Hess 

First Primary Class 

Sunshine Workers Class 

Mrs. Rush Hollinger 



5.( 
2.0 



Gifts less than $5.00 



25.0 
15.0 
10.0 
10.0 
10.0 
10.0 
8.5 
5.0 
6.0 
6.0 
5.0 
6.0 
5.0 
5.0 
5.0 
5.0 
5.0 
5.0 
5.0 
5.0 
G.O 
5.0 
5.0 
5.0i 
5.01 
5.0 
5.0 
5.0( 
5.01 
57.2 



Total 25G.7', 



Pike Brethren Chinch, 
Mundy's Comer, Pa. 

Mrs. Margaret Rose, (K.) (G!en.) 

Mr. and Mrs. John Griffith (K) (Gi-n) 

Mr. and Mrs. James Leonard 

Mrs. Lillian Commons 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Rose 

Mr. Glen Rose , 

Miscellaneous 



Total 



5.01 
12.5( 

G.0( 

5.0( 
10. 0( 

5.0( 
31.41 

75.4i 



fanuary 18, 1936 

CLEVELAND, OHIO 

(Continued from page 10) 

Jible School. A number of these per- 
ons also accepted the Lord and were 
laptized and have united with the 
hurch. Our gain, in membership for 
he Bible school was 35 per cent during 
his single quarter as against the other 
ight months. Today our enrollment 
umbers 92. 

Tardiness became almost negligible 
uring the contest. Further, the average 
ttendance during this period was 69 
nd practically every person attending 
articipates in the entire unified serv- 
',e. This means a double victory. 

Financially, though there was no 
redit given for offering, there was an 
yerage of $15.99 for each Sunday of 
(lis three months period. The peak in 
fferings was reached with the lifting 
f the Home Mission offering which 
staled $94.32. 

To two classes go special credit for 
nusual growth. The first was the 
'rimary department with Mrs. Roy 
hillipi as the teacher. Starting with 8 
oys and girls, this class grew to num- 
er 18 within the three months period, 
he other class was the Young People's 
lass taught by Ted Fuller, (who, by 
le way, travels 45 miles to and from 
le church each Sunday in order to 
;ach this class). Starting with 15 on 
le roll, there was a gain of 9 members, 
iving the class a present enrollment 
I 24 young people. 

Having given credit for carrying the 
ibles to church, we have gone ahead 

1 the use of the Bible in both the 
;hool and the church services. Thus we 
26 no less than ninety per cent of the 
eople carrying their Bibles. We shall 
ndeavor to make the motto of the 
rethren church, "The Bible, the whole 
ible and nothing but the Bible." a real- 
y in our life and practice. 

Regular monthly class meetings are 
■ell attended. Socially as well as spirit- 
ally these meetings are quite profit- 
ble. 

Good attendance at the midweek 
rayer services continues. A teacher's 
■aining class meets each Monday night 
ith an enrollment of fifteen. 

A choir under the direction of Harry 
ilbert, who is also superintendent of 
le Bible School, is assisting in the min- 
:try of music. 

A very substantial gift of one hun- 
red dollars for the Building Fund was 
jceived from "Brethren" at Cone- 
laugh. Likewise we acknowledge a 
ift of fifteen dollars from the choir at 
Ikhart, Indiana. 

Sunday, Jan. 12th, has been set for 
M\ Cleveland Day" among the Breth- 
3n church of northeast Ohio. It will 

2 recalled that during the first months 
f the Cleveland work, delegations came 
> Cleveland from many churches. In 
.'der that many not before privileged 
•_ visit this new work may fellowship 
ith us, the pastors of these churches 
ave planned to come to Cleveland with 

delegation on Jan, 12. There will be 
:oming, afternoon, and evening serv- 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 

On Jan. 12th we shall celebrate our 
first anniversary. Just a year ago, af- 
ter a roundup of the Brethren folks 
living in Baltimore, by an effort on the 
part of Brother R. Paul Miller, 
the Washington Gospel Team, and those 
Brethren living in that city at that 
time, a meeting was announced and the 
initial get-together was held. Thirty- 
four people were present at that time. 
But there still remains some Brethren 
people who were not present, but with 
those who were interested, meetings 
were held from time to time, on the 
average of every two weeks, in the 
home of Brother and Sister Grim, 1709 
Rosedale Street. 

A hall was rented in August and we 
held two meetings there. In practically 
every meeting held, the children were 
taken care of in a Sunday School class. 
As the summer came on, not being able 
to hold meetings regularly each week, 
the attendance fell off somewhat. But 
at every meeting held, we had preach- 
ing services. Those cooperating in this 
were: Rev. Homer Kent, Rev. J. L. 
Bowman, Rev. F. G. Coleman, Rev. 
W. C. Benshoff, Rev. R. Paul Miller, 
Carl Garling from Ashland, Ohio and 
Preston Campbell. This part of the 
work has been appreciated. But what 
these Brethren need now is a pastor to 
lead them in organizing their Church 
and Sunday school. 

It was true they were a small group 
to start with, but we found them to 
be earnest in their faith. They have 
given materially and they at present 
have a small fund in the treasury. 
But they need help in leadership to get 
started, and it has been our prayer all 
this past year that in the coming year, 
1936, the Home Board will be able to 
enter this city in, a definite way and 
lend aid and guidance to those faithful 
ones — those who want to identify them- 
selves as Brethren and be known as 
those who stand for the whole Bible 
in the midst of this great city of nearly 
a million souls. 

We covet your prayers for this work, 
that it may soon be a real live and 
growing work. 

FLOYD HARTMAN, 
Sec'y, Washington Gospel Team 



"Aunty," said a gentleman who had 
just learned that the youngest son of 
his colored cook had been appointed 
stenographer to a large manufacturer, 
"tell me how you have brought up your 
children so that each one of them has 
become so good and useful a man?" 

"Oh, honey," was the reply, "that's 
nothing. I had no education and I could 
only teach them three things — just 
three things I taught 'em their prayers, 
and their manners and to work." 



15 

WHAT DO PEOPLE WANT? 

Not long ago. The Christian Advo- 
cate sought by means of a questionaire 
sent to Methodist laymen, to discover 
the type of preaching which people feel 
is the most effective. The inquiry went 
to doctors, lawyers, farmers, teachers 
and business men. The results of the 
inquiry are recorded in the Religious 
Digest as follows: 

"They want plain, unadulterated 
preaching of the Gospel, without fuss, 
and with but few illustrations or sen- 
sational stories, sermons which touch 
daily lives; practical messages showing 
men how to live the Christ life in this 
money-mad world of today. They want 
Christ presented as the Redeemer, not 
just as an example; they want his 
blood set forth as the only remedy for 
sin and the sinner. They know there is 
a hell, and that people go there; so 
they do not want sin "sugar-coated." 
More than one expressed surprise that 
so few pastors ever preach on the "sec- 
ond coming." A prominent lawyer said 
that he did not go to church to learn 
history, philosophy, current events o? 
modern theories; he could get these 
from other sources. He went, he said 
to get help and strength to make his 
daily life conform to the standard 
Christ left for the church." 



GREAT MOTHERS 

John Wesley's mother once wrote to 
him when he was away to school. 
"Would you judge of the lawfulness 
or the unlawfulness of pleasure, take 
this rule: Whatever weakens your rea- 
son, impairs the tenderness of your 
conscience, obscures your sense of God, 
or takes off the relish of spiritual 
things, whatever increases the author- 
ity of your body over your mind, that 
things, to you, is sin." 

We speak about the need of great 
men today. But it appears that there is 
also a need for mothers like the mother 
of John Wesley. Many of God's servants, 
known around the world owe their 
greatness to their mothers. Yet their 
mothers are usually obscure and un- 
known. 



I 



ices. Good speakers, a variety of music, 
and other interesting features will be 
on the program. 

TOM HAMMERS, Pastor. 



ON TO THE GOAL 

On to the goal! Press on! 

The eye's that are aflame 
Are watching thee: what then are 
men? 

What matter praise or blame? 

On to the goal! Press on! 

Look not behind thee now, 
When just ahead lies His "Well 
done," 

And crowns await thy brow. 

On to the goal! Press on! 

Blind, deaf and Sometimes 
dumb, 
Along the uphill, blood-^marked 
road, 
Hard after Christ, press on! 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 18, 193 



What God Expects 

of the Brethren Church 

(Continued from page 2) 

congregation they were better fitted to 
fill the pulpit than the man they had. 
Words and actions of these Brethren 
preachers not only impressed the res- 
ident pastor of this fact but several in 
his congregation came to him with the 
same impression. Brethren, let us give 
more time to our own messages and 
the truth we are proclaiming rather 
than run in competition with our fel- 
low pastors. 

While I am speaking to the iElders 
of our district allow me to add that we 
should realize the tremendous import- 
ance of our calling, constantly. We 
should seek to attend the "State Con- 
ference of our church, every year, un- 
less something serious turns up which 
makes it impossible for us to attend. 
We have been allowing other things to 
come up at this time of the year in- 
stead of keeping it open to attend 
Conference. I would like to recommend 
that if an Elder in our District fails 
for two consecutive years to obtain a 
ministerial card before his credential is 
received thereafter, he should appear 
before the Ministerial Examining Board 
to state his reasons. I believe that 
every congregation should see to it 
that its Elder attends State Confer- 
ence. 

The Brethren Church has a ministry, 
for the most part untained with mod- 
ernism, for which we do thank God 
from the depths of our hearts. 

The laity should show a deeper ap- 
preciation for the servant of God who 
labors with and for them. Each congre- 
gation in our district should see that 
its shepherd is relieved from all out- 
side worries as much as possible, so 
he might enter his study and pulpit 
thinking more of spiritual matters. No 
pastor can bring a Spirit-filled message 
to his congregation while worrying if 
the merchants will extend credit to him 
any longer. 

I often think the preacher himself 
is responsible for this deplorable condi- 
tion which exists. No preacher ought be 
permitted to hold an outside job in ad- 
dition to a pastorate without the con- 
sent of the Ministerial Examining Board. 
This board should study the situation and 
give consent or not. Permit me to take 
enough time in this address to cite a 
proposition which sometimes confronts 
a minister. It is for this reason that I 
bring this item to the attention of this 
Conference. 

A church, not in the Pennsylvania 
District, had a preacher who worked 
outside of the church for a salary in 
addition to that which he received from 
his church. This church got several hun- 
dred dollars in arrears with this man's 
salary. At the close of the church's fis- 
cal year, the preacher came to the 
church with a proposition, "Pay me one 
hundred dollars in cash within 10 days 



and I will give you a receipt in full." 
With his other position he was well 
able to do this. Along came another 
preacher to the same church a little 
later. He had a family and while the 
church was only paying him a small 
salary, felt that the church should have 
all his time if the work was to grow. 
Once again the church got several hun- 
dred dollars back in salary. Because this 
new preacher did not come forth with a 
proposition as did the former pastor, 
the members sought to rid themselves 
of this "Money grabber" as they termed 
him. 

Laity, care for your pastor's physical 
needs so he may better care for your 
spiritual needs. 

God expects the Brethren Church to 
maintain the Scriptural order of dis- 
cipline. One need only glance at such 
significant passages as Matthew 18:15- 
17, I Cor. 5th chapter and the first 
part of the 6th chapter, as well as 
many other portions, to note that dis- 
cipline is the will of God for His church 
in dealing with the "Worldly Christian." 
Discipline must be carried out in the 
Brethren Church, even though it is an 
unpleasant task. We believe that a 
committee should be appointed to study 
this subject and bring back to next 
year's conference its findings so there 
may be a unifority in the Pennsyl- 
vania District in dealing with the way- 
ward ones of our churches. There is no 
reason as far as I can see why one 
Brethren Church in our district gives 
a member a letter of dismissal for con- 
duct unbecoming a Christian and that 
one without making things right is free- 
ly received into membership of an- 
other Brethren Church. The church is 
always weakened when it lacks the 
power to maintain its purity. When one 
is dealt with, the church should stand 
as a unit in condemning the guilty 
party and in urging them to get right 
with the Lord. 

May I urge that we once again in- 
struct our people of the importance of 
keeping themselves clean and unspotted 
from the things of the world so they 
will always be clean vessels, meet for 
the Master's use. 

The Brethren Church does have a 
good name and we are told that, "A 
good name is rather to be chosen than 
great riches" (Prov. 22:1). This good 
name has been handed down to us from 
our forefathers, let us carry on this 
good name as the days come and go, 
and if the Lord tarries, hand that name 
down to our children. 

God expects the Brethren Church to 
be a place of prayer. Many churches to- 
day are nothing more than places of 
amusement. Cantatas and entertain- 
ments have superceded the preaching of 
the Gospel. People have become so busy 
with 'Other Things' that less and less 
time is given, over to the work of the 
Lord and the services of His church. 

It is a well known fact that churches 
wanting amusements have gone far to 
make things so unpleasant for the true 
Shepherd of God that he has been forced 
to resign and then the worldly minded 



Christians of that church were able ' 
get a more pliable man. Sinners a: 
passing by many churches. They he; 
applauding and worldly music instes 
of the Word of God being preached ai 
the good old hymns being sung ai 
they pass by with a low conception i 
the religion of the Lord Jesus Chris 
Brethren, we must move the world f 
Christ, and we vrill not be able to ( 
this if we permit the world to mo' 
us. God put the church into the worl 
but man has put the world into tl 
church. Let us be careful in these la 
days. Let us keep our church clean, 
believe that this Conference ought 
go on record as opposing world 
amusements in our churches. Tl 
smiles and kisses of the world are fi 
more dangerous than its frowns ai 
curses. 

(To be continued.) 



FROM PRIZE RING TO CHRISTIA 
SERVICE 

From an orphans' home to priz 
fighting fame, then through a savii 
knowledge of Christ to enrollment as 
student at the Moody Bible Institute, 
a synopsis of a thrilling story. Tl 
lad had lived in back alleys, slept 
box cars and vacant buildings, hi 
known starvation and stealing to a 
pease hunger, the clutch of policeme 
and finally two years imprisonment. 

Some persons might think he w; 
"finished" or "washed up" and mere 
seeking a new occupation when he e 
tered upon the new life. Not so. He wi 
at that time a box-office attractio 
sought by many fight promoters. I 
never disappointed a crowd, but ga' 
them the thrills they were after. Nev 
in his fighting history was he knock( 
out, though he once continued foi 
rounds with a broken jaw. His bac 
ground had taught him that the wor 
was cruel, and that his hardest batt 
was to keep the fickle audience tho 
oughly entertained. 

He was one night at a club where 
young man once associated with fig 
promotion approached him. He kne 
that the man had gone in for some kii 
of religion, a "new racket" perhap 
Naturally, he was not much interest( 
in meeting him, but a conversati( 
took place just the same. His soul 
salvation was mentioned; he laughi 
it off and tried to forget it. The figh 
er remained under conviction for son 
time and after training at his mounta 
camp and engaging in another bout, 1 
decided to look up his Christian frien 
which he did. 

One night the two went to a chur( 
service. The pastor knew the meanii 
of salvation and presented a vital me 
sage. He seemed to sense the need ' 
of the burly fighter, and when he ga" 
the invitation pointed directly at hi 
and said, "Why don't you come?" Wi' 
deep conviction and penitence he can 
and gave his heart to Christ. 

Sometime later he received a tell 
gram offering him the most outstan 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



17 



g fight of his career. He could meet 
e foremost man of his division. As 
Christian he questioned the offer, so 
1 returned to tiie pastor who led him 

Christ and placed the question he- 
re him. 
"I need money, and here is a chance 

clean up in a big way; what shall I 
I?" 

"Your body is the temple of che 
Dly Ghost," the minister replied, "and 
lu would not have it knocked around, 
3uld you?" 

Victoriously, the once proud fighter 
re up the telegram and turned to 
I. 

"Just a moment," continued the min. 
ter, "why don't you put in some of 
at fighting spirit serving the Lord 
id winning souls?" 

"How and where?" came the quick 
sponse. 

Out of the glamor of worldly life, 
swspaper headlines, jostling crowds, 
gantic flood lights and easy money, 
ime this new servant of the Lord to 
troll as a student at the school in 
tiicago that D. L. Moody founded. 



1 MORE CLOTHING NEEDED ! 
AT RIVERSIDE j 

There is still a real need for j 
more clothing at our Lost Creek ! 
Mission Church. The folks have j 
been seeking clothes and many j 
have been turned away. This has j 
been a hard winter in the moun- I 
tains so far and the prospect is for f 
more heavy weather. All who are ) 
able, kindly remember this need i 



and help to supply it. 



{ 



HO HUM! Dr. S. L. Katzoff, auth- 
■ and authority on subjects dealing 
ith love and domestic bliss, and his 
ife, Mrs. Ida H. Katzoff, herself a 
cturer on the subject of happy mar- 
ages, were granted a divorce in San 
rancisco a few days ago. — L. S. B. 



WHAT IF YOUR WIFE COULD 
COLLECT? 

Here is a worth-while sentiment from 
the Schwenkf eldian : In the thirty 
years of my married life I have served 
235,425 meals, made 33,100 loaves of 
bread, 5,930 cakes and 7,960 pies. I 
have canned 1,550 quarts of fruit, raised 
7,660 chicks, churned 5,540 pounds of 
butter, put in 36,461 hours of sweeping, 
washing and scrubbing. I estimate the 
worth of my labor conservatively at 
$115,485.50, none of which I have ever 
collected. But I still love my husband. 



"I ABSTAIN from all alcoholic bev- 
erages, even from the lightest wines. 
Wine is never bought for my house- 
hold." — Mussolini. 



BRETHREN'S HOME 

Flora, Indiana 

REPORT FOR OCTOBER JILND NOVEMBER 



Eeceipts for Oct. 



Undesignated Home 



.16.50 



COO 



Brought Forward 

Southern District S. S. ot Ind 

Flora State Bank (Dividend Check) 

Elkhart S. S. Classes 

Refund on Insurance (Frankfort Home) 

Expenditures for Oct. : 

Bond Treasure 

Transf esred to Certificate 

B. H. Flora, Mln. Appr 

A. D. Gnagey, Min. Appr 

I. D. Bowman, Min. Appr 

Corn, Chicken Feed. Grinding 

Window Glass 

Budrow Hardware Co 

Cemetery Lot in Full 

One Car Coal 

Blacksmith 

Phone 

Flora Bank, Int. and Principle in Full 

Plumbing 

Gas, Oil 

Ice 

Lydia Craig, Annuity Int 

Cyrus Meyer, Salary 

Sarah Keim, Tithe on Bond 

Interest on $3,000 Note 

Fence 

Cow 

Lights 

Printing Conference Report 

Receipts for Nov. : 

Amount Brought Forward 21.50 

Interest on Treasurer Bond 

Sale of 7 hogs 

David Augustine Estate 

Total Expenditures for Nov. 1. : 

Lock Box 

Exchange Bond 

Insurance 

B. H. Flora. Min. Appro 

A. D. Gnagey, Min. Appro 

I. D. Bowman. Min. Appro 

Telephone 

300 Stamps 

Straw, Potatoes, Butchering Hog 

Lights 

Insurance 

L, 



1,002.05 1,204.03 

G.75 0.75 

32.72 



3.13 3.12 

700.00 
25.00 
25.00 
25.00 
73.21 
1.40 
9.09 
10.00 
321.52 
8.00 
2.00 
CG.20 
1.00 
48.10 
25.00 
25.00 
200.00 
5.00 
90.00 
23.35 
75.00 
O.Cl 
4.00 



52.90 

8.13 

100.50 

500.00 

2.75 

.50 

63.13 



2.00 
1.50 

19.35 
8.13 

11.00 



4.00 

488. CO 



25.00 
25.00 
25.00 



v. KING, Treasurer. 



.oooooooooooooooooo<^ooooooooo<^o«?o<?o<?ooooooo^^ 



1936 -What Possibilities? 

(Continued from page 5) 

ic, indeed, has been the experience of 
many parents who have sent their chil- 
dren to college with faith in a living 
God to have them come back with that 
faith destroyed, ready to make light of 
the faith of their parents — the faith 
they once professed to accept and rever- 
ence. There is need for our church col- 
lege and seminary — a need felt not alone 
in our own church, but also in the mem- 
bership of other churches. If Ashland 
College and Seminary will follow with- 
out wavering the way already charted, 
there are possibilities of great propor- 
tion in this line of our endeavor. 

Another field which offers unusual 
possibilities is that of our publishing 
interests. None for a single minute 
questions the power of the printed page. 
The printed page many times accom- 
plishes what can never be done by the 
spoken word. Often the spoken word 
cannot reach the ear of the individual. 
There is really no barrier to shut out 
the printed message. There is, too, a 
need for literature that presents in no 
umnistakable way the fundamental 
faith of the Word. The unbiblical trend 
so prevalent today is found in the print- 
ed page. There is a wide field for lit- 
erature that has the true ring of sav- 
ing faith in it. This demand is evidenced 
by the success attending the launching 
of Biblical magazines within recent 
years. Our own people read much. Mag- 
azines and papers come to every home. 
The teaching of the majority of these 
magazines and papers is not conducive 
to real faith and good living. What a 
possibility lies before us along this 
line! With a literature true to the 
Bible we have the opportunity to coun- 
teract false teaching and also give teach- 
ing that is definitely constructive. With 
our publishing interests receiving the 
undivided support of our own people, 
we should be able to set forth on the 
printed page, not alone what will com- 
bat error, but also what will build up 
a faith that will enable our people to 
remain true to that faith in this time 
when there is such a babel of voices 
that many do not know to which voice 
to listen. 

All that has been suggested may be 
accomplished only on the ground that 
the Brethren Church remain true. 
Many are looking for a church which 
is definitely orthodox, unquestionably 
true to the Book, with a message that 
will satisfy the longing of the human 
heart. Shall our church — the Brethren 
Church — answer the call, meet the need 
so prevalent today? We can do it on 
one ground alone. May our church re- 
main true to the Lord and His Book 
during 1936, and, if the Lord tarries till 
the end of this year, we shall have 
found that this year had possibilities 
of real worth, and results that will 
please all shall be experienced. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



January 18, 19S 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

THOMAS HAMMERS, Editor, 

826 East 150th St. 

Cleveland, Ohio 



IRETHREN rtHR'STIAN pNDEAVOR 

RINQINQ I.HURCH kXTENSION 

Y UONSECRATED bVANGELISM 



PRAYER FELLOWSHIP OF NATION. 

AL BRETHREN C. E. OFFICERS 

FOR 1936 

(To be used as a prayer guide for 
each day of the month). 

1. Rev. R. D. Crees, President. 

2. Rev. Leo Polman, Vice-President. 

3. Mildred Dietz, Sec'y-Treasurer. 

4. Rev. Tom Hammers, Evangelist. 

5. Rev. JDonald Carter, Intermediate 

Sup erintendent . 

Mary Catherine Zuck, Junior 

Superintendent. 

6. Rose A. Wills, Quiet Hour Supt. 

7. Rev. Herman Koontz, Steward- 
ship Superintendent 

8. Rev. Hill Maconaghy, Missionary 

Superintendent. 

9. Rev. Floyd Shiery, Citizenship^ 

Superintendent. 

10. Ada May Visick, Prayer Meeting. 

11. Our Pastors. 

12. Our Goals. 

13. Our Boards. 

14. Our Missionaries. 

15. Our Conferences. 

16 to 30. Repeat the above order. 

Note: It is recommended that each 
society clip this monthly prayer sug- 
gestion and post it prominently before 
the society. In fact, every Endeavorer 
should keep this list in his or her Bible. 
Use it during the Daily Quiet Hour. 

—The Editor. 



LOS ANGELES, CALIF. 
Dear C. E. Friend: 

When I became a National C. E. of- 
ficer I longed to know the other of- 
ficers with whom I would work. Being 
a California C. E. officer and holding 
the same office in this state I am ex- 
tremely interested in the success of 
this department locally as well as na- 
tionally. 

To create a stronger bond of fellow- 
ship among our state officers a prayer 
fellowship and calender sirAilar to the 
one above was sent to our state of- 
ficers. Because so many have told us 
how much they appreciate and enjoy 
this prayer fellowship I thought we 
might do a similar thing among our- 
selves. 

Through the pages of the Evangelist, 
a Devotional Calender and Quiet Hour 
help will reach you. This prayer list 
will not be changed but additional items 
of prayer will appear in the C. E. 
column. 

If there are any ways that I can 
assist you in carrying out the plans of 
this department will you let me know. 
I am hoping you will stress this work 
in your locality. 

Sincerely in His Service, 

ROSE A. WILLS. 



KEEP ON SHINING 

A judge who had been frequently an- 
noyed by the sneers of a conceited law- 
yer was asked why he did not sharply 
rebuke his assailant. He said, "In our 
town lives a widow who has a dog 
which, whenever the moon shines, goes 
out upon the steps and barks and 
barks at it all night." 

Stopping short, he went on with the 



conversation. Finally one of the com 
pany asked, "But judge, what about t 
dog and the moon?" 

"Oh," said the judge, "the moon we 
on shining; that was all." 

If I am one of the children of ligl 
I must shine. Though dogs may bai 
I must go on shining; that is all. 

— Canadian Free Method] 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




THE MUNCIE REVIVAL 

The meeting with the Muncie Breth- 
ren was arranged for nearly a year 
ahead. This season of fellowship was 
prayerfully and anxiously anticipated. 
The writer was a stranger in this city 
and to most of the members of our 
church. We soon found ourselves, how- 
ever, in the midst of a group of the 
Lord's redeemed. Here we have a peo- 
ple who are truly Brethren in faith and 
practice. This augurs well for the fu- 
ture. The time, so far as the evangel- 
ist is concerned, was most pleasantly 
spent, and we hope profitable to the 
church and a glory to our heavenly Fa- 
ther. 

Preparations had been made by pas- 
tor and people. Attendance and inter- 
est were good at the beginning and 
continued throughout. There were a 
goodly number who gave themselves 
over to the reading of the Word and 
prayer as suggested by the ministers 
in charge. There was a real passion for 
souls as evidenced by much waiting 
upon the Lord. There was a deep con- 
viction of sin, the unsaved being made 
to see their need of Christ. We were 
pleased to have with us on Thursday 
evening of the second week a large dele^ 
gation from the Oakville church. Broth- 
er Ray Klingensmith is the pastor 
there. 

As a people we have in the city of 
Muncie a large field. It is practically 
without limit, and there is but little 
opposition. In this city, as elsewhere, 
there is much worldliness and indiffer- 
ence, but if our people will be faithful 
and aggressive, many souls will be 
gleaned for Christ and a strong church 
established. There fs great need for 
the completion of their building. 

Brother Delbert Flora is the faithful 
and efficient pastor here. In the person 
of Brother Flora, this church has a 
leader of whom it may well be proud. 
He is widely known and is held in high 
esteem, holding major position in the 
County Ministerial Association. A man 
of prayer and faithfulness, it was a 
real pleasure and inspiration to work 
with him. 

This being the writer's first meeting 
in the Indiana District, it was my first 



extended taste of Hoosier hospitaU 
These kind folks in their hospitali 
are second to none. My home was wi 
Brother and Sister William Bowmi 
This was a real home indeed, evei 
thing being done for my comfort a 
to make my stay most pleasant. Ma 
other homes were open to the pasi 
and evangelist. This gave me an oppi 
tunity to meet up with and to enjoy t 
fellowship of some old time friends, a 
to make new friends. The writer wis 
es to thank these good people for t 
cordial welcome, kind hospitality a 
the substantial offering. Results 
reported by the pastor. For souls savi 
and blessings to the church, we give 
our Master all glory and praise. 

W. C. BENSHOl 



,, FLORA, IND. 

Another year has just run its coui 
and the time for New Year resolutic 
has arrived. Well, here is one, 
solved that we write another letter 
our evangelist friends with the hope 
will do better the coming year. 

As we look back over the year tl 
is closing, we regret for His sake tl 
we have not accomplished more. 
we find many things for which 
praise Him. We are thankful for tl 
splendid group of people, with wh/ 
God has endeared our hearts. Then 
praise His Name for the souls w 
have been brought to Christ this y£ 
and for the meeting that has ji 
closed. 

We have just closed a Victory I 
vival with Rev. Leo Polman, pastor 
our mission church in Fort Wayne, 
evangelist. We cannot speak too higl 
of Brother Polman, as evangelist, so 
ist and song leader. There are few m 
who have this combined talent. 1 
Lord has greatly used him to bless 
and the community at Flora. He cai 
to us Dec. 2nd and was with us i 
two weeks closing with a communi 
service Monday evening the 16th. Th« 
were about 165 gathered around t 
Lord's tables, some for the first tin 
to enjoy those wonderful blessings. 

The meeting began with a large ! 
tendance and the interest remain 
good through the meeting. Some of t 
visible results of the meeting were, 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



19 



ime forward, 19 for confession, and 3 
r reconsecration; 17 were baptized and 
!ceived into the church. There were 
lur families where husband and wife 
ime together. Through our visitation 
1 aged man really found the Lord and 
; and his wife went into the Church 
' the Brethren at Rossville. We praise 
le Lord for the victories won and the 
>lendid service rendered by our dear 
rother Polman. He has won a large 
ace in the hearts of the people and we 
elcome him back any time. I am sure 
le people here will be in prayer for 
m and his work at Fort Wayne. 
Through the year, 20 have been bap- 
zed and received into the church. 
The W. M. S. has just raised the 
st dollar against the parsonage and 
•e planning on burning the mortgage 
[lursday evening. We started an or- 
mization with our young people, 
eeting each Sunday evening in the be- 
nning in 1935. The least we have had 
attendance was 10 and the most was 
L We thank the Lord for these and 
her blessings that have been ours and 
)pe for still greater things in His 
ime if the Lord tarries. Pray for us. 
J. S. COOK 



WITH THE LORD 

Rev. Joshua Long, son of Simon and 
adassah (Brown) Long, was born near 
ownsville, Maryland, March 10, 1857. 
led at his home in Downsville, Nov. 
[, 1935. He is survived by his widow, 
la C. Long, three sons, one sister, 
even grandchildren and seven great 
■andchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted in 
le Manor Church of The Brethren, by 
.e wi-iter, assisted by Rev. F. G. Cole- 
an of the Ragerstown Brethren 
[lurch, Rev. C . lE . Frick of the Dov*tis- 
lle Christian Church and Rev. Row- 
nd Richard of the Church of The 
erthren. 

In 1882 Brother Long was baptized, 
id received into the Church of The 
rethren, by Elder Daniel Wolf. Soon 
'ter this he was ordained to the min- 
try, in which capacity he served the 
lurch until 1887; at which time he 
lited with the Brethren Church. 
For several years he served as pas- 
t of the St. James Church, with 
•eaching points at Downsville and 
ilghmanton. During this period Broth- 
' Long also conducted some outdoor 
ission meetings at dam No. 4, on the 
Dtomac river. These meetings, later, 
suited in the organization and build- 
g of the Woburn Church. This church 
as dedicated June 4, 1900. T. J. Farh- 
sy. Dr. V. M. Richard and Rev. Long 
are prime movers in the organization 
this church, and for a number of 
iars served as the board of trustees. 
Rev. Long also did considerable 
■eaching in the valley of Virginia; 
arking with Rev. E. B. Shaver, S. P. 
jgle and George Copp. 
From 1892 to 1894 he served as pas- 
r of the Churches at Vinco, Mundy's 
irner (Pike) and Mt. Union, Pennsyl- 
nia. 
After returning from Pennsylvania, 



he again served the church at St. James 
for several years. He also preached at 
Downsville, Tilghmanton and Woburn. 
During this pastorate he conducted an 
Evangelistic meeting, in the hall at 
Downsville, that resulted in the bap- 
tism of twenty-one persons. Some of 
these still hold membership in the St. 
James and Hagerstown churches. 

Brother Long's chief aim in life was 
to put down evil wherever he found it. 
He was an uncompromising foe of the 
liquor traffic, and never missed an op- 
portunity to deal it the most effective 
blow within his power. The repeal of 
the eighteenth amendment was a sore 
disappointment, but he refused to ac- 
cept defeat. 

Brother Long has passed on to his 
eternal reward. God grant we who still 
remain may buckle on the armor more 
securely, and enter the conflict against 
sin with greater zeal. 

W. S. BAKER 



FELLOWSHIP AT NAPPANEE 

There is no comradeship in all the 
world like that in which God's people 
engage in the work of leading men and 
women closer to God through the Gos- 
pel of His Son. It was the writer's 
pleasure during the period from Nov. 
4 to Nov. 17 to enjoy such a comrade- 
ship in the ministry of the Word with 
Brother G. L. Maus and the Brethren 
at Nappanee. 

The Brethren at Nappanee ai'e dis- 
tinctively loyal to their church. The 
attendance at the meetings was very 
good. A very marked concern for those 
who had become somewhat indifferent 
was evident. The Nappanee Brethren 
Church has the largest attendance of 
people in the city and the congrega- 
tion was well represented in these 
meetings. This loyalty to the church is 
one secret that has made this church 
successful in sending out leaders into 
the work of the brotherhood. 

Brother Maus is a very active pas- 
tor in the work of his own congrega- 
tion as well as in the religious work 
of the city. The congregation and pas- 
tor very loyally co-operated in prayer 
and in publishing the meetings. It 
was a real pleasure to minister in the 
Word at Nappanee. 

The singing was a great help in the 
work. Mrs. Cora Stuckman very faith- 
fully and efficiently directed the mu- 
sic. The music carried the Gospel mes- 
sage each night. The ministers and the 
congregation felt that we had done our 
very best to call the people to a closer 
walk with God. 

The writer wishes to sincerely thank 
Brother Maus and the good people of 
Nappanee for the fine fellowship in the 
ministry of the Word of God. The 
preaching of God's Word is a privilege 
in which every Christian may share. 
Let us hold each other up to the throne 
of God in intercessory prayer in these 
days of indifference and evident apos- 

tacy. 

R. F. PORTE. 



NAPPANEE, IND, 

The pastor of the Nappanee church 
does not write church news very often 
to the Evangelist. This does not mean 
his lack of interest either in the con- 
gregation or the church paper, but be- 
cause of modesty in writing about his 
own church. 

The church here has been busy in its 
work. The first of October we ob- 
served Rally Day in the Sunday school 
with success. It was then that plans 
were laid for the winter work. 

On Friday evening November 1st the 
layman's organization sponsored a 
Father's and Son's Banquet. Promptly 
at 6:30 P. M. about 160 fathers and 
sons gathered around the tables with 
Dr. C. L. Anspach, the president of our 
college as our guest speaker. This meet- 
ing was a decided success in every way. 
He delivered the kind of a message 
fathers and sons should hear. A hearty 
welcome awaits Dr. Anspach whenever 
he cares to return. 

Beginning on Nov. 3rd this congre- 
gation enjoyed a two week's revival and 
fellowship meeting with Dr. R. F. Porte, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church in 
South Bend, Indiana, doing the preach- 
ing. It was a great joy for the writer 
and his wife to renew our friendship 
and fellowship with Brother Porte with 
whom we spent several years in Ash- 
land College. 

Too much cannot be said in behalf of 
the excellent work done by him during 
these two weeks. His sermons were 
simple enough for the children to un- 
derstand and yet deep enough to chal- 
lenge the mind of the adult. 

The meeting brought new life to the 
membership of the church and proved 
a blessing to every one who came. The 
visible results were three young mar- 
ried ladies taking their stand for the 
Lord, two of them for the first time. 
All have been baptized and received 
into fellowship with the local congre- 
gation. 

Since the meeting closed, one other 
has been baptized and received into fel- 
lowship with the local church and also 
three have been added by letter. 

During this past year twenty have 
been received into this church. We are 
not doing big things at Nappanee, but 
are building slowly and carefully and 
we pray permanently. Our church and 
Sunday school attendance has been very 
good. 

All special days of the church have 
been observed and all offerings in- 
creased over last year. All organiza- 
tions of the church, such as W. M. S., 
Sr. and Jr. S. M. M. and Brotherhood 
of Paul and Timothy, are alive and 
alert to do whatever they are called 
upon to do. 

We rejoice for tTie victories won for 
which we give God the glory. We 
pray that he may continue to lead us 
and to shower his blessings upon us, 
and all of the churches throughout our 
Brotherhood. 

G. L. MAUS. 



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Signs oF the Times 

By Alva J. McClain 



opposed to the Word of God or else 
they are sadly ignorant. 



1 HE Fear of Luther. 

Martin Luther once said, "I am much 
afraid that the universities will prove 
the very gaites of hell, unless they 
diligently labor in explaining the Holy 
Scriptures, and engraving them in the 
hearts of youth. I advise no one io 
place his child where the Scriptures do 
not reign paramount. Every institu- 
tion in which men are not unceasingly 
occupied with the Word of God must 
become corrupt." 

What Luther feared for the "uni- 
versities" has become true also in the 
large majoi'ity of the so-called "Chris- 
tian colleges." Not only are the teach- 
ers "not unceasingly occupied vnth the 
Word of God," but many of them will 
tell you that the Bible has no place at 
all in the class room. The last refuge of 
the Bible in many institutions is the 
chapel, and even there its great texts 
are used as mere "pretexts" upon which 
to hang the ideas of mere men. If 
someone really attempts to teach the 
truths of the Bible, he will quite like- 
ly be denounced roundly for uttering 
theological technicalities. 

Let us look clearly before we follow 
the denouncers of theology. If we 
are forbidden to teach theological sub- 
jects, then we cannot teach the Bible 
at all, for the Bible is the text-book 
of Christian theology. If we dare not 
teach theology, then we cannot talk 
about God, or about Christ, or about 
salvation, or about the future life. For 
all these are theological facts. 

Men who sneer at theology are either 



1 HE Tail of The Snake. 

I quote from the always interesting 
calendar of the First Brethren Church 
of Long Beach, California: "The pastor 
of this church hates tobacco in any 
form, especially cigarettes; is opposed 
to card-playing and dancing; shuns the 
polluted movies; and despises liquor. 
The annual election of the church is 
ahead, and the pastor will absolutely 
oppose the election or retention of any 
member in any official position, or the 
placement of a teacher in any Bible 
School class, or the placement of a 
member in, our choir, who makes a 
habit of using tobacco or liquor, or 
who shuffles the gamblers games, or 
who attends movies or dances. BUT, 
be it known to all the world that the 
pastor of this church considers any of 
the things mentioned saintly beside the 
wagging tongue of a confirmed gossip. 
And for Scriptural authority for this 
statement, let those who care read 
James 3:5-8. "The tongue can no man 
tame; it is an unruly evil." Yea, ver- 
ily! In our career as a pastor, we 
have literally sat vsdth all our avoir- 
dupois upon gossipping tongues from 
time to time, only to be tossed around 
as if we were an air bubble! The tail 
of a slain snake, we have been told, 
wags on until sunset. But sunset 
never stops the wig-wagging tongue of 
a gossip. There is no more damnable 
thing on earth or in hell than a char- 
acter-assassinating tongue. When 
studying the qualifications for office 
in the House of God, never overlook 
the matter of tongue control." 

To which we say, AMEN and AMEN. 



ETTING Ready To Move. 



"The owner of the tenement which I 
have occupied for many years has giv- 
en notice that he will furnish but little 
or nothing more for repairs. I am ad- 
vised to be ready to move. 

"At first this was not a very wel- 
come notice. The surroundings here are 
in many respects very pleasant, and 
were it not for the evidence of decay, I 
would consider the house good enough. 
But even a light wind causes it to 
tremble and totter, and all the braces 
are not sufficient to make it secure. 
So I am getting ready to move. 

"It Is strange how quickly one's in- 
terest is transferred to the prospective 
home. I have been consulting maps of 
the new country and reading descrip- 
tions of its inhabitants. One who has 
visited it has returned, and from him 
I learn that it is beautiful beyond de- 
scription; language breaks down in at- 
tempting to tell of what he heard 
while there. He says that, in order to 
make an investment there, he has suf- 
fered the loss of all things, and even 
rejoices in what others would call mak- 
ing a sacrifice. Another, whose love 
for me has been proven by the greatest] 
possible test, is now there. He has sentj 
me clusters of the most delicious fruits. 
After tasting them, all food here seems 
insipid. 

"Two or three times I have been 
down by the border of the river that 
forms the boundary, and have wished 
myself among the company of those 
who were singing praises to the King 
on the other side. Many of my friends 
have moved there. Before leaving they 
spoke of my coming later. I have seen 
the smile on their faces as they passed 
out of sight. Often I am asked to 
make some new investments here, but 
my answer in every case is, 'I am get- 
ting ready to move!" (From the Ohio 
Independent Baptist). 



XhE New Wet Millennium. 

When the honorable president of the 
United States, within recent memory, 
was trying to convince us that w« 
should vote for him and his, he told us 
among other things that the flowing 
of the rivers of booze would bring in 
a kind of economic millennium. It has 
not, of course, brought in any thing 
of the kind. But it has brought in som( 
other things. The following is one ai 
described by Leslie Eichel, noted news 
paper writer, who was an eye-witness 
It happened on a train. 

"A group of furniture dealers boards 
the train — and takes possession of the 
train. Aided by a girl or two, the mer 
proceed to get gloriously drunk. 

"The stories they tell are not fit foi 
ears of decent women, who, neverthe 
less, have to sit in the cars and bf 
insulted. And the porters, being serv 
ants, have to serve these yelling mer 

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From the Editor 



PRAISE 

This is the fourth issue of the Brethren Evangel- 
ist which has been printed under the supervision of 
the nevi' editor. During these few weeks of change 
from an active pastorate to the work of the editor, 
many experiences have been ours. Some have been 
amusing, some have been tense; others have been 
serious, while still others have been most encourag- 
ing. Through all these things, the editor desires to 
praise the Lord for His nearness. You know Breth- 
ren, we can walk in difficult paths if the Lord walks 
with us. 

JUST HUMAN. 

The editor is just human enough to appreciate the 
many words of encouragement which have come 
from so many quarters of our Brotherhood. The 
telephone calls, the many letters and the personal 
words have been a great help in the new work. 

OUR PRAYER. 

It is our prayer that from the pages of this mag- 
azine there may be reflected the knowledge and 
truth of our blessed Lord. It is our prayer that the 
Gospel in our Lord and Savior may be so clearly and 
so simply presented that our readers with unveiled 
faces may behold as in a mirror the glory of the 
Lord. 

WHAT THE APOSTLE LEARNED. 

The great Apostle Paul learned that Christianity 
was not simply a philosophy. The world had plentv 
of philosophy in Paul's day. But Paul learned that 
Christianity is not a philosophy but a person. There 
is only one way to explain or define what Christian- 
ity is. Here is the only definition. CHRISTIAN- 
ITY IS CHRIST! 

KNOWING HIM. 

The intense and burning desire of Paul was once 
revealed when he said, "I count all things but loss 
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus 

my Lord THAT I MAY KNOW HIM " The 

knowledge of Christ is all the knowledge that we 
need. All other knowledge in this world after which 
man may seek, should be sought by the Christian 
for the on© purpose that such knowledge will assist 
him in getting more knowledge about Christ. 

ME AND MY WIFE. 

Whether or not the man ever lived, the story is 
told of him that he prayed that the Lord would 
"Bless me and my wife, my son John and his wife; 
that's all, no more, Amen." We will all agree on the 
utter selfishness of such a petition, but the fact 
remains that many do pray with very little aim in 
view. 



WORLD VISION. 

There is no place where world vision is so import- 
ant as in prayer. Likewise, world vision is com- 
pai-atively easy for oceans and continents are no 
barrier to the Christian's praying. Since God has 
placed such a powerful weapon as prayer in the 
hearts of his redeemed, genuine servants of the 
Lord can afford to be systematic in prayer if in 
nothing else. 

PRAYER FOR HITLER. 

Had you thought of praying for such a man, and 
for others like him? On this subject the Bible gives 
us a clear statement as to our duty. "I exhort there- 
fore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, inter- 
cessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men; 

for kings and for all that are in authority " 

(I Tim. 2:1-2). 

WHAT TO PRAY. 

The Bible also states what we should pray for 
when we remember the rulers. The petition should 
be, "THAT WE MAY LIVE A QUIET AND 
PEACEABLE LIFE IN ALL GODLINESS AND 
HONESTY." Wherever God's people meet together, 
it should be their burden of prayer to petition Al- 
mighty God that His people may be protected and 
kept that they may live the quiet and peaceable life. 
We do not expect all the rulers of the earth to be 
saved. The Bible teaches us that we may expect quite 
the opposite in this age. When the King of kings 
shall reign, things will be different. 

YOUR POLITICS. 

Are you a Democrat or are you a Republican? 
You will not need to take the time to write in to 
answer this question. Perhaps some may "vote for 



IN THIS NUMBER 

Signs of the Times— A. J. McClain 2 

Editorials 3, 4 

Christ the Word— Ernest F. Pine 5 

Brethren Publication Problems — F. B. Miller 6 

Prophetic Message: Lawlessness — Dr. L. S. Bauman .... 7 

Moderator's Address, Mid- West District — G. E. Cone 9 

What's the Matter With the Church? — M. L. Sands 10 

C. E. Page ' 11 

News from the Field 17 



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the man." This is probably a good policy if he can 
be found. Some of us have just about lost our con- 
fidence in the ability of the human race to be able 
to govern itself. Perhaps the Lord allovs's this to 
happen for our good. When we discover the failures 
of humanity we see more of the futility of leaning 
upon the arm of the flesh. We will then begin to 
depend upon the Lord. When we begin to depend 
upon the Lord we will probably be willing to depend 
upon what the Bible has to say about human govern- 
ment. If we take the Bible seriously, we will prob- 
ably feel like the young man who was interrogated 
as to the type of government in which he placed 
most confidence. Said he, "I believe in a Theocracy." 
"What's that?" said the other. Then he replied, "A 
theocracy is the rule of a king when God is the 
King." This may sound somewhat visionary to the 
man who does not know the Word of God. How- 
ever, this is exactly what God has for this old world. 
Some day Jesus Christ will be king over all the 
earth. (Zech. 14:9). Those who wish to read more 
about conditions as they will exist on the earth when 
the King reigns should read the fourteenth chapter 
of Zechariah. 



GRATITUDE AND CONFIDENCE 

We are grateful for the kind response which we 
have found so far in anticipation of the Publication 
Day offering. Our Publications must be main- 
tained! We are putting forth every effort possible 
to produce our literature just as cheaply and yet as 
attractively as we can. In order to balance the bud- 
get we have been compelled to discontinue some im- 
portant publications. It is earnestly hoped that in 
the future it may be possible to increase our publi- 
cations. In the meantime, we are earnestly calling 
upon the Brotherhood for a large Publication Day 
offering. With your interest, cooperation and sup- 
port, we will find that the future of our work will 
not be dark. If you have received an envelope foi- 
this purpose, do not lay it aside and forget about 
it. Turn it in with your offering, large or small, 
either through your church treasury or by mail. 
Thank you. Brethren! 



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DID YOU EVER SEE... 

A dancer faithful at all the prayer 
meetings ? 

A card player enthusiastic as a soul 
winner ? 

A movie fan over subscribing to the 
church finances? 

A vulgar person, reverent? 

A parent, desiring to have children in 
the society columns, weep for his 
children's salvation? 

A worldly church blessed by the 
Holy Spirit? — Sel. 



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Editorial Notes and News 



NOTICE— Pennsylvania District! Brother J. L. Gingrich 
is not to receive any more mission funds. Checks should be 
mailed to Claud Studebaker, 5000 Dearborne St., Pittsburgh,, 
Pa. 

BROTHER J. L. GINGRICH will be reached by mail from 
now on at the Second Brethren Church of Long Beach, 
California, 60th and Orange. 

THE REASON some folks never want the left hand to 
know what the right hand is doing, is because the right 

hand is not doing anything worth while. 

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FROM THE CALENDAR of the First Church of Los 
Angeles, we note that Brother W. A. Ogden, the pastor is 
starting a systematic weekly Personal Workers' Class. Such 
a class is most commendable. 



BROTHER R. D. BARNARD has received and accepted 
the call of the Dayton Church for the eighth year. A notd 
in the calendar indicates that this church has just paid 
$6,000.00 on the church debt. This will cause some real] 
rejoicing. 

ALL-CLEVELAND DAY was a great event at the Cleve 
land church on January 12th. The pastor, Tom Hammers 
desires to express the appreciation of the congregation tc 
all the people from the nearby churches who were in at 
tendance at any of the ser\'ices of the day. Unpleasant 
weather and slippery roads probably kept many away, but 
it was a day of great spiritual blessing nevertheless. There 
were 79 for the Sunday School in the morning. The other 
services of the day were at least that large. Dr. J. C 
Beal preached at the morning service, Dr. Chas. Anspach 
gave the address of the afternoon, and the editor had the, 
privilege of speaking in the evening. 

ELDER J. H. MOORE, minister in the Church of the 
Brethren who was for more than fifty years a leader among 
the Church of the Brethren, departed this life to be with th« 
Lord on Dec. 23, 1935, at Sebring, Florida. Brother Moore's 
life was a most fruitful one. He was for a time editor 
of The Brethren at Work. When this magazine was merged 
with the Primitive Christian to become The Gospel Messen 
ger in 1883, Brother Moore became the Managing Editor. Hs 
traveled in Europe and Bible lands, preached much and wrote 
some valuable material. The Church of the Brethren will 
miss his seasoned counsel. | 

FROM GRATIS, OHIO, we learn that Brother Ankrum 
is now conducting a special week night Bible class, taking! 
up the book of Genesis. This is a most practical book andj 
will be a great source of strength to the people of the con-j 
gregation. 

IN THIS ISSUE we are starting the Christian Life De- 
partment. It will be the purpose of this department to culti- 
vate the devotional life of the Christian. Prayer, praise 
testimony and the dedicated life will be emphasized in this 
department. We trust that those who read this department 
regularly will find more of that joy which comes from a 
close walk with the Lord. 

A TRACT FUND is now a part of the financial program 
of the church at Roanoke, Virginia. As money comes in for 
that purpose, tracts are secured and sent out. The min- 
istry of the tract is always unique. It will accomplish re- 
sults which no other method will accomplish. Tracts may 
be left in public places, sent in letters or given to acquaint-} 
ances when no other method would be effective. 



jamuary 25, 1936. 



Christ, The Word 



By Ernest F. Pine* 

Among the many terms and names applied to our 
blessed Lord there is none quite so expressive as 
this, THE WORD. Stripped of the many conjectures 
as to why a term was used by the beloved John, we 
rest in the knowledge that Christ is here set forth in 
His relation to God and the world, and specifically 
as the self-revelation of God . 

There are at least traces of the usage of this term 
in the Old Testament and in certain of Paul's writ- 
ings in the New Testament, but it reaches its 
heights and fulness of expression in the Gospel of 
John. John alone uses the exact hnguistic term but 
others, especially Paul, used the idea. It may be true 
that John borrowed this linguistic vehicle to convey 
this thought to his contemporaries, yet he did not 



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Men sometimes claim that they do 
not know; God says that man will not 
believe. No m,an in this nation can 
complain when he stands in the day of 
judgment that he could not know. There 
are millions of Bibles in our country. 



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include the philosophical meaning of the world in 
^t. What he did wish to emphasize was the Person 
3f Christ Himself. Not the "Word of the Lord," as 
ised in the epistles and meaning the gospel, but 
jhrist Himself was meant. 

With this identification of the "Word" we turn 
[)ur thoughts to the first chapter of the Gospel of 
fohn and we note that in the first verse we have 
n one sentence the eternity, personality, and deity 
)f Christ all affirmed. Thus we see that the "Word" 
s not an attribute of God, but is an acting reality — 
I personality! We are not dealing with a mere ab- 
straction, but with a living, vital, dynamic Person 
carrying out the will of the Father. Thus the mes- 
age of God's servant is that of a Person, the Lord 
Tesus Christ. It is not about Him, for even secular 
tudies concern themselves about Him, but we 
)reach Christ the only true revelation of the Father. 
Vhat a thrill it must have been to John not to be 
iorced to accept the current philosophies concerning 
Shrist, but that he actually could speak from per- 
lonal contact and association with the "Word." 

It is the "Word" that the old world needs today, 
fee living, dynamic, ever present Christ pouring out 



Pastor of the New Brethren Church, at Bellflower, Calif. 



His message through the hearts of His servants! No 
other message will do ! No other method will win ! 
No substitute can be offered! It is the "Word" in 
the hearts and lives of men, overflowing through 
them to a needy world, that will conquer for the 
church today as it has in the past. 

There are heights and depths of this name that 
we can never fathom and yet there are plain lessons 
in it which every Christian should know and trea- 
sure in his heart. 

1. CHRIST THE WORD IS ETERNAL. "In the 
beginning was the Word." He did not begin to exist 
when the heavens and the earth were framed. He 
was there with the Father and shared in it all. The 
"Word" did not begin to exist with the giving of 
the Gospel to the world, for "And now, Father, 
glorify thou me with thine own self vdth the glory 
which I had with thee before the world was" (John 
17:5). Christ, as the Word had glory with the Fa- 
ther before the world was. And Paul tells us "And 
he is before all things, and by him all things con- 
sist." (Col. 1:17). I glory in the eternity of Christ! 
He is not just a make-shirt God who is here today 
and gone tomorrow, but He has been from all eter- 
nity and will continue to be throughout all the count- 
less ages of God. 

The purposes which God had for his Son, have 
also been clearly fixed for all eternity. " .... Of the 
life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the 
world." Rev. 13:8. The Lamb of God and the Word 
are the same. So then it was not just an after- 
thought of God that sent His only begotten Son to 
the Cross. Men today would have us believe that 
the ministry of our Lord here on earth was a fail- 
ure and that He died as a martyr would die to bring 
attention to His religion and thus perpetuate it af- 
ter He was gone. Nothing is farther from the truth ! 
It was in the mind of God from all eternity that 
Christ the Word should die for men because God 
also knew what was in man and that he would fall 
into sin when tempted. It is with great joy then 
that we worship Him who has been from everlast- 
ing and shall be for everlasting! 

II. CHRIST THE WORD IS VERY GOD. "In the 
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with 
God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). We come 
to the very crux of Christianity upon which our 
faith either stands or falls, Christ the Word is 
God! He was not a mere created being, an angel, 
or inferior being to the Father and receiving pow- 
er from Him ; but He is God Himself and therefore 

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Brethren Publications - From 

a Printer^s Viewpoini 



By F. B. Miller 



Brother Miller, the writer of 
this article is the owner of a 
fine printing establishment in 
Akron, Ohio. He is a member of 
the Brethren Publication Board 
and a member of the new church 
at Cleveland. He writes as one 
who is thoroughly fam.iliar with 
the printing business. — Editor. 



The easiest thing to do in this world is to do 
nothing. 

The next easiest is to find fault and criticize those 
who have tried to do something. All of us, at some 
time or another, have done both and done them 
well. 

In studying the problems of the Brethren Publish- 
ing Company it is extremely easy to do both of 
these things. It is not my purpose in this statement, 
however, to do either. I am merely trying to face 
the facts as they are today, face them as an ordin- 
ary, practical printer, so that all of us may have a 
complete picture of the situation. 

A year ago tliere was a change of management at 
the Publishing Company. I had notliing to do witli 
that, in fact I did not know about it until after it 
had taken place. But I endorse tlie change 100%. 
By this endorsement I do not mean to criticize the 
old management nor to eulogize the new. 

The paramount problem is not the past. It's the 
present. The past is history. It is our duty now to 
analyze that history and learn its lessons — and to 
profit by them. As we have looked over these past 
years at the publishing house we note one glaring 
error, which, in our estimation, has caused most of 
the trouble. That error is 

A COMPLETE LACK OF ACCURATE COST 
FINDING RECORDS. 

And that is probably the most fatal mistake any 
business concern can make. There is no excuse for 
it. If you cannot afford an adequate, up-to-dato 
system of cost finding and bookkeeping you cannot 
afford to be in business, especially the printing busi- 
ness which is highly technical, complicated and 
competitive. 

The Brethren Publishing Company for years has 
operated without such a system. It has been manu- 
facturing printing on a "hit and miss" estimate of 
costs. Employees have not even had time slips to 
fill out to account for their time. There has been no 
accurate method of estimating the actual cost of 
any printing job. Approximate costs? Yes, plenty 
of them, but all approximate. One man would 
"guess" how much time the composition or typeset- 



ting would be on a given job; another would "guess 
the press time needed, and still another woul 
"guess" how long the folding and bindery wor 
would require. 

But not one of these "guesses" was based o 
facts, recorded costs, for no costs were kept to con 
pare with the "guesses" after the work was done 

This system, if it can be called a system, might b 
compared to that of a grocer who stocked his shelve 
with goods and then did not bother to label ther 
with price tags, depending on "memory" or "expc 
rience" to tell him at what price each item shoul 
be sold. How many times would he forget — an 
charge a little too much on this article and no 
enough on that? True, he might hit an "average 
for a while, but eventually this system, or lack cj 
it, would lead to disaster. j 

Now, who is to blame for this condition at thl 
publishing house — the management? the publication 
board? the brotherhood? In my opinion the er 
tire responsibihty rests with the publication boan 
The management in any business usually does whs 
it is asked to do by the directors who, in turn, ar| 
swer to the will of the stockholders. I have no douL 
that Dr. Teeter kept all the records and books h 
was asked to keep. In fact, from my own observatio 
and experience, I think his system of bookkeepin 
was on par with other church publishing houses. 

Well, why wasn't something done about it yeai 
ago? The publication board didn't insist on a con 
plete cost-finding system for the same reason othc 
church publication boards didn't — it cost money t 
install and maintain and it wasn't considered abs 
lutely necessary. In normal times, when busines 
was good, perhaps they were right at the momenj 
Conditions during the World War and subsequeri 
"golden twenties" were generally first rate — fc; 
printers. Prosperity was ON most corners and paii 
frequent calls on business houses. But when it wer 
AROUND that corner in the fall of '29, that's whe 
trouble ensued. The only printers and publishei 
who have survived these depression years withov 
going "through the wringer" are those who bui 
their business on solid foundations of accounting i 
good times, kept accurate costs, built up actual ri 
serve funds for depreciation, etc., and eliminate 
guess work from production. j 

What good would a complete cost finding sy' 
tem have been to the publishing house the past fe 
years? Its value is not so much in telling how muc! 
(Continued on page H) 



Jammry 25, 1936. 



LAWLESSNESS: 



The Knell of Our Closing Age 



By Louis S. Bauman* 

Through Lawlessness, "The Anointed Cherub That 
Covereth" Fell. 

"Thou wast the anointed cherub that covereth 

Thou wast perfect in thy ways fom the day that thou 
wast created, till iniquity (lawlessness) was found in 
thee" (Ezek. 28:15). 

Nothing has been revealed more clearly by the 
God Who sees the end from the beginning, than 
that the sun of our age, even as the sun of every 
previous age, will set over "wild waves of the sea, 
foaming out their shame" (Jude 13) in raging bil- 
lows of lawlessness. The entrance of sin into God's 
universe is a great mystery. But, of one thing we 
may be sure, — sin was conceived by the spirit of 
lawlessness. "The anointed cherub" (which was 
Satan) that fell, and, in falling, first broke the heart 
af God, was driven from "the midst of the stones 
3f fire" when "preverseness (which is lawlessness) 
ivas found in him." And, lawlessness quickly gave 
birth to violence. (Ezek. 28:16). 

Through Lawlessness, Angels Fell 

"God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast 
them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of 
darkness, to be reserved unto judgment" (II Peter 
2:4). 

1 "Chains" are for the lawless. "As natural brute 
leasts" (V. 12), the lawless recognize no rule save 
ay the law of force and violence. They "count it 
pleasure to riot" (V. 13). They devise the mobs 
iwhich, "while they promise them liberty, they them- 
plves are servants of corruption" (V. 19). Jude 
sonfirms the prophecy of Peter: "And the angels 
Ivhich kept not their first estate, but left their own 
labitation. He hath reserved in chains .... Likewise 
;hese filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise domin- 
ion' and speak evil of dignities" (Jude 6, 8) . When 
mgels "left their own habitation," they crossed the 
'thou-shalt-not" of Jehovah, and joined Lucifer in 
lis lawlessness. 

Through Lawlessness, Man Fell 

"And the Lord commanded the man, saying .... Of 
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt 
not eat of it : for in the day that thou eatest thereof, 
thou shalt surely die. . . .And when the woman saw. . . . 
she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave 
also unto her husband with her; and he did eat" (Gen. 
2:16, 17). 

And there we have the first "thou-shalt-not" of 
Jod for man — the first law given with penalty at- 



Pastor, First Brethren Church of Long Beach, Calif. 



tached for transgression. The first rebellion of man 
was against this law, with the consequent shedding 
of blood (Gen. 3:21) and the unsheathing of the 
sword (Gen. 3:24). This first sin involved no act 
of immorality. It was Simon-pure lawlessness. As 
ever, there followed in its wake, fear, an attempt to 
cover up, an effort to get away from God, excuse- 
making, loss of liberty, ending in sorrow and suf- 
fering and death ! 

Through Lawlessness, The Antediluvians Fell 

"And it came to pass that the sons of God saw 

the daughters of men that they were fair; and they 
took them wives of all which they chose. . . .And God 
saw that the wickedness of man was great. .. .And 
God said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come" (Gen. 
6:1, 2, 5, 13). 

Whoever these "sons of God" may have been, 
men or angels, it is evident that, even as "the angels 
that sinned," they "left their own habitation" and 
in lawlessness fell. The inevitable followed: "The 
earth was corrupt before God .... and filled with 
violence" (Gen. 6:11). Then came judgment! Cor- 
ruption, violence, and judgment were but the re- 
sults. Lawlessness was the cause. 

Through Lawlessness, The Postdiluvians Fell 

"And God. . . .said unto them. Be fruitful and mul- 
tiply and replenish the earth. .. .And they said, Go 
to, let us build us a city and a tower. . . .lest we be 
scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth 
(and thus 'replenish' it). And the Lord said, Behold! 
. . . .this they begin to do!. . . .Go to, let us go down 
.... So the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face 
of the whole earth: and they left off to build the city" 
(Gen. 9:1; 11:4-8). 

Note: Man said to God, "Go to"! And then man 
said to man, "Let us"! God immediately accepted 
the challenge. God said to man, "Go to"! And then 
God said to Elohim, "Let us"! Elohim, the triune 
God, won! When men or nations shut the Eternal 
out of their activities, and in pride build the towers 
of their boasted civilization to dizzy heights, they 
have only the farther to fall into the abyss of con- 
fusion and ruin — for fall they will! This present 
generation of men, with its sputtering jargen of 
voices, groping about for light on problems that 
stagger, only to find itself in deeper night — this 
babbling Babel is asking betimes between its bab- 
bles for the "why" of all its confusion. There is a 
"why" ! Men have said, "Go to" to God! 

Through Lawlessness, Sodom and Gomorrah Fell 

"Even as Solom and Gommorrah, and the cities 
about them in like manner, giving themselves over to 



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fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth 
an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire" 
(Jude 6, 7). 

All of which means that, one of the world's most 
advanced civilizations (if the archeologist is to be 
believed) went into decay because it also "despised 
dominion, and spake evil of dignities" (V. 8). Peter 
tells us that Lot "vexed his righteous soul from day 
to day with their unlawful deeds" as they continued 
to "despise government" (II Peter 2:7-10). God 
held back His wrath until law and order gave way 
to mob violence. (See Gen. 19:1-13). Then judg- 
ment, swift as lightning from heaven, fell ! A civil- 
ization that gives itself over to be controlled by mob 
violence is a civilization that is doomed! It always 
has been so — it always will be so ! 

Through Lawlessness, The Kingdom of Israel 

and Judah Fell 

"They mocked the messengers of God, and despised 
His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath 
of the Lord arose against His people, till there was 
no remedy" (II Chron. 36:16). "This is a rebellious 
people. . . .children that hear not the law of the Lord: 
which say. . . .to the prophets,. . . .Get you out of the 
way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One 
of Israel to cease from before us" (Isaiah 30:9-11). 

Ah! They, like the babblers of Babel, also told 
the God of heaven to "Go to" ! But, instead of God 
doing the going, Israel went to her grave in the land 
of God-alone-knows where! — and Judah dragged 
herself along in chains before the lash to "the riv- 
ers of Babylon," where she sat down and wept — 
yea, she wept as she "remembered Zion" (Ps. 137: 
1). 

None but the willfully blind can fail to see that 
the same evil spirit that inveigled men into conflicts 
with Omnipotence in the world's earliest civiliza- 
tions, is one and the same spirit that is at work 
on earth today, holding mighty revivals in every 
land. Russia, having invited God in no uncertain 
terms, to pack His baggage and by May 1st, 1937, 
get off one-sixth the surface of the earth He creat- 
ed, heads the procession of modern converts to this 
evil spirit. Only a few days ago, as we write. Minis- 
ter of Propaganda, Goebbels, of Germany, publicly 
informed the Lord God of the heavens that He must 
be a good and submissive Nazi if He wishes to re- 
main in Germany. In December, 1934, down at 
Queretaro, Mexico, the dominant pohtical group of 
that nation held a convention. Arnulfo Perez, a 
leading party spokesman, was wildly applauded when 
he said: 

"We should forget God and the clergy. The revolu- 
tion of Mexico wants no God, and the Revolutionary 
party wants no God." 

Another delegate said: 

"Some one has said that God has strong arms to 

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THOSE WHO TRUST THE LORD 
DO NOT WORRY; THOSE WHO WOR- 
RY DO NOT TRUST THE LORD. THE 
PERSON WHO WALKS WITH THE 
LORD SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR 
ALL THINGS. ALL THINGS WORK 
TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE 
WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORD- 
ING TO HIS PURPOSE. 



GREETINGS FROM 
FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF 

THE BRETHREN CHURCH i 

The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethrer 
Church long has been aware of the place printed ma- 
terial has in getting information as to its work be^ 
fore the members of the church and also in making 
appeals for additional workers and encouraging con- 
tributions for their support. For this reason th<! 
editors of the "Brethren Missionary" made it oJ 
great importance. In merging with the "Brethrer 
Evangelist" the present Foreign Missionary editoi 
has not changed its policy but crowds into its pages 
material of real worth. 

The Foreign Missionary Board not only pledge; 
itself to support the Foreign Mission number bu 
every number of the "Brethren Evangelist" so lonj 
as it gives the Lord Jesus Christ the preeminenc* 
and is faithful and true to the Bible as the Word o: 
God in that Christian spirit which should prevai 
in every department of our church. May the bless 
ing of the Lord attend you. Brother Mayes, in th( 
future, even as He has directed you in the past. 
A. V. KIMMELL, 
President Foreign Missionary Societj 



THE MINISTERIAL DEAD LINE 

The dead line in the ministry, as in any othej 
calling, is the line of laziness. The lawyer can no 
use last year's briefs. The physician can not de 
pend on last week's diagnosis. The merchant cai 
not assume that a customer of ten years' standinj 
will not be enticed elsewhere. And the preache 
must be a live, wide-awake, growing man. Let hin 
dye his brains, not his hair. Let his thought b 
fresh, and his speech be glowing. Sermons, it ha; 
well been said, are like bread, which is deliciou 
when it is fresh, but which, when a month old, i 
hard to cut, harder to eat and hardest of all ti 
digest. — Dr. A. J. F. Behrends. 



PUBLICATION DAY OFFERING, JANUARY 26 
DO YOUR PART 



Janvxiry 25, 19 36. 



Moderator's Address, Mid- West District 



By George E. Cone* 

It seems to me that I could ask for no better start 

for our thought than to take the Conference Text I 

Corinthians 15:57. "Thanks be to God, which giveth 
us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Brethren it behooves us at this time to stop and 
consider this very thought. Today we have God 
to thank for every blessing we enjoy. I shall ask 
your kind attention as we think of some outstand- 
ing blessings which are ours. 

1. We still have the privilege of worshipping God, 
and this under the protection of city, state and 
national governments. 

In view of the conditions existing in many na- 
tions today we are still In a favored circumstance. 
How long, in a world of religious uncertainty, we 
shall enjoy the privileges now ours, no one can now 
say. We are aware of the rising discontent on all 
sides. We know that restrictions have been made in 
many places; especially we see in some quarters a 
defying of everything Christian, yes even defying 
God Himself, as in Russia and other countries, com- 
prising one sixth of the earth's surface. Brethren, 
Communistic Russia has bidden God to depart from 
her borders by a given time! I say, in the face of 
all this, we should thank God for the freedom of 
worship we still have granted to us. 

2. Though the deadening chill of so called Modern- 
ism has crept upon thousands, in their churches and 
homes, it has not yet smothered out the fire of 
abiding faith in God, in Christ, in the Holy Spirit. 
Neither has true Evangelism died out. 

In every church group there are those who have 
not "bowed the knee to Baal". There are still those 
who believe in the salvation of Jesus Christ, the only 
Begotten of the Father. 

Surely we thank God for this ! 

Thankful too, we should be, that we know from 
whence this so called Modernism comes that we may 
oe prepared the more readily to counteract its dead- 
y effects and heal its deadly wounds ere it cast to 
iestruction over both Church and nation. 

Plainly named. Modernism is nothing more than 
;he offspring of the Sadducees of Jesus' day. The 
sadducees did not hesitate to unite their efforts with 
;he Pharisees, and Herodians when attempting to 
liscredit and kill the work of Jesus Christ. Knowing 
he parental source, we may trace the development 
jind thus be enabled to deal more effectively with 
.he condition in our day. 



Pastor of the Brethren Chv/rch, Por-tis, Kansas. 



3. The past year has brought results to our Lord's 
Church through the Brotherhood. There were 2071 
additions to the churches in the Brotherhood this 
year. Forty were added by the churches of this small 
district. Some one will say, "That is not a large 
gain" and we grant that that is so. However, we 
thank God for a gain. 

4. Our Foreign Mission work has gone steadily 
forward. Depression, change in the monetary value 
of the dollar, and some sickness have not halted the 
onward move. This year has next to the largest 
offering in the history of our Foreign work. More 
stations are being planned. More preaching points 
are being touched. Added workers are on the way 
to the field. For this we truly thank our Heavenly 
Father. 

Remember Brethren that it is "God, which giveth 
us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Any 
and all victory is His and not ours! 

I should like now to call your attention to some 
things we should consider very seriously during this 
conference period. 

1. I would call to your mind the work of our 
churches in this district. Of the nine churches com- 
prising our district at this time, but four are man- 
ned by ministers who are members of our denomina- 
tion. I am not saying anything against others. Those 
churches served by Brethren men are Falls City, 
Neb. ; Ft. Scott, Kans. ; Morrill, Kans. ; and Portis, 
Kans. 

Four are being served full or part time by men 
of other denominations. Carleton is cooperating with 
the Methodist Church and sharing the services of 
their pastor. Hamlin is sharing the pastoral services 
of the Baptist pastor, if I am correctly informed. 
McLouth is cooperating with the Church of the 
Brethren, and Mulvane has had of late some preach- 
ing services at night by a minister of the Church of 
God. Beaver City is without a pastor. 

That our churches in this district are narrow 
minded could scarcely be justly said of us, especial- 
ly when we consider that our nine churches are be- 
ing served by men from five different denomin- 
ations. 

2. One move each church in the district should 
make, is to plan and carry out an evangelistic meet- 
ing or Bible conference. By this I mean a God-sent 
awakening of the churches. This awakening should 
stir and shake to its foundations the community in 
which the church is located. This can come only one 

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What's Wrong With The Church ? 



By M. L. Sands* 

I sat one day in the office of a contractor in Mun- 
cie, Indiana, and talked with him about the church. 
After telHng me the name of the church to which 
he belonged, he said, 

"We have a nice building, a good preacher, a large 
membership, but the attendance is not what it ought 
to be. Last Sunday we had 300 in Sunday School 
but only 25 remained for the worship sei-vice." I saw 
a printed report of another church and it, with a 
membership of 1200, reported an average attendance 
for the year of 250 for morning service and 150 for 
evening service. 

I am brought in touch with men everywhere I go, 
who are critical of the church. They criticize her 
work, her program, her service. I know a man who 
says we are all hypocrites. In fact, sometimes there 
is too much criticism in the church itself: people who 
are critical of the preacher, critical of each other, 
critical of motives. Of course, these folks are mea- 



f 




There are still some like the Jews, 
ivho being ignorant of God's righteous- 
ness; and going about to establish their 
own righteousness have not submitted, 
themselves unto the righteousness of 
God. All of man's 7'ighteounesses are as 
filthy rags. The righteousness which 
God will accept comes through faith. 



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suring themselves among themselves, rather than 
by the Christ and His standards. They usually see 
only the weakling rather than the strong, stalwart 
Christians that are to be found there. If they would 
consider the human element that enters in, it might 
help them to see things in a different light. Never- 
theless, the spirit of criticism is there. 

Sometimes the members throw themselves open 
to suspicion and criticism by their actions while 
outside the church. Even preachers are not as care- 
ful as they might be along these hues. In Altoona 
we have some preachers who play cards and reg- 
ularly attend shows. Some of their members belong 
to several card clubs and spend a lot more money 
in such pleasures than they give to the Lord's work. 
I was calling in Elorado, a surburban part of our 
city, and a man asked me whether a certain man 
was still superintendent of a Sunday School? I said, 
"No, he is not." "Well," he said, "He is not fit to hold 



* Pastor, First Brethren Church of Altoona, Pa. 



any office in a church. He comes out every Saturday 
and dances with twelve year old girls in a road- 
house." The man who said this may not be faultless, 
and he may be a bit harsh in his judgment, but he 
certainly is right in saying that such actions bring 
reproach upon the church. So I could go on talking 
about the supposed failures of the church but I re- 
frain lest I weary you. 

And despite all this, I hasten to say that the 
church is the greatest institution in the world. The 
church is not just an organization among organiza- 
tions, but an institution of God that has stood for 
morality, righteousness and truth throughout the 
years. She has stood along our roads and on the 
streets of our cities pointing with her spires toward 
heaven, toward God, toward Christ the Saviour of 
men. Men everywhere, when given the choice, have 
always chosen towns and cities where the church 
is found. Even ungodly men would rather live and 
rear their children within the shadow and influence 
of the church. 

The church is more than an institution. It is an 
organism. It is the body of Christ, the Ecclesia, the 
called out ones — those who have accepted Christ, 
been converted, bom again. We are children of 
God and if children, heirs of God and joint heirs 
with Jesus Christ. Dr. Martin G. Brumbaugh il- 
lustrated what I am trying to say years ago in an 
address before a Sunday School Convention with the 
following illustration. He said he was standing 
near the University of Pennsylvania grounds, when: 
he was asked by a man where the University was.; 
He answered, "It is scattered everywhere." The man, 
looked at him in astonishment. "Oh," said the doc- 
tor, "You want to see the buildings. You will find' 
them over there. The students who are the real, 
university are found everywhere. So I believe the: 
church is composed of baptized behevers, children of, 
God. Thus the church has been preserved throughj 
the years. Thus she will stand until Jesus comes. 

Jesus said unto Peter, "Upon this rock will I 
build My church, and the gates of hell shall not pre- 
vail against it" (Matt. 16:18). In this Scripture 
we know that Jesus was not talking about building 
His church upon the rock Peter but upon the rock 
Christ Jesus. Peter had just confessed that Jesus 
was the Christ, the Son of the living God and it wasi 
of this that Jesus was thinking when He uttered 
this Scripture. The church is built upon the confes- 
sion of Peter rather than upon the man. If the 
church had been built upon Peter alone, she would 
have failed long ago. She is built upon the central 

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January 25, 1936. 

THE WORD 

By Ernest F. Pine 

(Continued from page 5) 

endowed with all power. The leniency 
with which some men today regard this 
vital truth is nothing short of spiritual 
treason! If Christ is not Deity, there 
is absolutely no use of our spending 
our time and energy trying to make a 
world of men swallow an untruth. But 
HE IS GOD and every waking hour of 
the day should be spent in telling this 
to a world that is dying for the lack 
of one that can save. It is the very 
spirit of Antichrist that denies the 
deity of our blessed Lord. 

III. CHRIST THE WORD WAS 
MADE FLESH AND DWELT AMONG 

MEN. "And the Word was made 
flesh, and dwelt among us," (John 1: 
14). Literally, this means that he 
pitched his tent among us, and lived 
with us just as one of us. No other 
word could be used that would mean 
more than the word "dwell." Where 
one dwells he makes himself known. 
So Christ, leaving all the glory which 
He had with the Father before the 
world was, leaving the home of many 
mansions with its riches unbounded, 
came down to earth, and was born 
among us. He might have been born 
in a palace. He might have come in the 
glory of full manhood, leading legions 
of angels in His train, but He chose 
to be born in a manger at Bethlehem 
in the home of humble toilers. How 
close this brings Christ to us! We re- 
joice too in the message of Hebrews, 
"For verily He took not on Him the na- 
ture of angels; but He took on Him the 
seed of Abraham. Wherefore, in all 
things it behooved him to be made like 
unto his brethren, that he might be a 
merciful and faithful high priest in 
things pertaining to God, to make rec- 
onciliation for the sins of the people." 
(Heb. 2:16-17). 

This, too, is our message of a Christ 
that left riches and glory to live 
amongst men that He might bring them 
to God. Though He was rich yet for 
our sakes He became poor, that through 
His poverty we might be made rich 
spiritually. Poverty is not measured 
by the lack of money but by the lack 
of Christ in your life. Be rich in Him! 

IV. CHRIST THE WORD IS THE 
SOURCE OF ALL SPIRITUAL LIFE 
AND LIGHT. "In him was life; ani 
the life was the light of men." John 1: 
4. Christ alone is the fountain from 
which the sons of men have derived 
life. Whatever of spiritual life and 
light men have knovwi through all eter- 
nity, they have received from Christ! 

This light is still shining in a world 
of darkness and the one encouragino; 
thing to us as Christians is the knowl- 
edge that the darker the night grows 
the brighter this light vsall shine. And 
if out of this midnight of sin men and 
women are to find life and light it will 
be in Christ the Word. It will not be 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 


THOMAS HAMMERS. 


Editor, 




826 East ISOth 


St. 




Cleveland, Ohio 




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pndeavor 
Extension 

LiVANGELISM 



WHAT A SOCIETY CAN DO 
By Norman Uphouse 

When I first came to the preaching 
circuit in the extreme southwest cor- 
ner of Pennsylvania, I received an im- 
pression which made the work here 
hopeful. I saw this was a district with 
many young people who were talented 
and interested in definite Christian 
things. There were three Endeavor so- 
cieties organized. Those at Sugar 
Grove and Quiet Dell were active. The 
one at Aleppo was disbanded for a 
few months before school started. At 
this time it is going strong again and 
another society has been organized at 
Cameron, W. Va. Out of the Aleppo 
society we drew enough Intermediates 
to have the second organization. 

If you have an Endeavor Society 
where the children or even the young 
people either do not have a chance for 
expression or are too timid, why not 
start an Intermediate or Junior Society. 
This helps and this is what we did. 

We have had two parties about which 
I will write. The first was a Hallo- 
we'en party on the empty floor of a 
haymow. This was quite novel even in 
this community. There have been barn 
dances around but instead we had a 
Christian Endeavor party in a barn. 
One interesting thing that happened 
was that several people came over the 
ridge expecting the usual dance on the 
floor. They were informed that as En- 
deavorers we frowned upon the dance. 
In the place of that we sang gospel 
choruses, played games and contests 
and of course had our refreshments 
that were appropriate for the occasion. 
The next day someone said to the town 
storkeeper, "That was the first party 
I ever saw where they sang choruses 
and prayed." We had a great time that 
evening. Lately we were attracted by 
the beautiful snowfall and the roman- 
tic night air. The moon was just right 
and we formed a "sled-ride" party. 
Such a party is commendable to oth- 
ers. It is healthful and invigorating. 
You can have it anytime the snow and 
ice is on the ground. 

From the spiritual standpoint we 
are as the average society ._ The gen- 
eral discussion in the prayer meetings 
indicates that there are some well in- 
foi-med in Scriptural truth. As an ad- 

in the out-worn theories of science, nor 
in the half-hearted appeals of the lib- 
eral preacher, nor yet in the "Great 
teacher," of the Modernist, but it will 
be found in the Christ of God who was 
revealed from heaven to take away the 
sins of the world by the shedding of 
His own blood. 



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ditional help we have started an ad- 
vanced Bible class which meets every 
Friday night. Our text book is "The 
Great Doctrines of the Bible" by Evans. 
We have a joint Gospel team organiza- 
tion which is preparing to hold services 
in churches and hom.es. 

The most recent project undertaken 
by the Endeavorers is a Christmas Pag- 
eant. This play was given the night 
before Christmas, after which we 
toured the country, for a few miles 
around the churches, to sing carols. 

Perhaps you have noticed the inter- 
est in the rallies in the State of Penn- 
sylvania. Several districts have already 
had groups of societies come together 
for a banquet and a period of fellow- 
ship. The Southwestern Rally will be 
held in January. 



GOD WILL HELP ME 

A keen-eyed, medium-sized young 
sea captain stood in a lobby of a large 
hotel in Hongkong, conversing with a 
portly Englishman. 

"So you have come to trade in the 
Orient?" the portly one asked. "Well, 
step into the bar and tell me about your 
plans." 

"I am sorry, but I never enter bars 
and I don't take alcoholic beverages," 
the young sea captain replied. 

The Englishman's eyebrows rose and 
his florid face broke into an unbelieving 
smile. "Entering Oriental trade without 
Scotch and sodas?" 

'^Yes, sir." 

"Do you expect to be able to do busi- 
ness in the Orient except in a saloon 
over a friendly drink?" The florid- 
faced one broke into a loud laugh. "If 
you do, God help you!" 

The keen-eyed young sea captain 
smiled and replied : "God will help me." 

And apparently God did. Before his 
death that young sea master. Captain 
Robert Dollar, sat on the tenth floor 
of the Robert Dollar Building on Cali- 
fornia street in San Francisco, and 
looked out over San Francisco, where 
there was always one or more of his 
great ocean liners and cargo boats rest- 
ing in the water at anchor, charging or 
unloading cargoes, representing the in- 
dustries of almost every nation in the 
world. — Walter G. Swanson, in an ar- 
ticle on "Captain Robert Dollar, His 
Ships and His Faith.' ' 



CLERGY QUALIFICATIONS 

In answer to a Yale student, Dr. 
Grenville Kleiser said: A clergyman 
should have: 

The innocence of a lamb. 

The vnsdom of an owl. 

The cheerfulness of a cricket. 

The friendliness of a squirrel. 

Tlie complacency of a camel. 

The adaptibility of a chameleon. 

The diligence of a beaver. 

The vision of an eagle. 

The patience of an ox. 

The endurance of an elephant. 

The tenacity of a bull-dog. 

The courage of a lion. 

— Religious Digest. 



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LAWLESSNESS 
By Louis S. Bauman 

(Continued from page 8) 

guide the destiny of Mexico, but we 
know that our farmers and labor- 
ers have still stronger arms and 
will find their own destiny." 
The last five words we cannot doubt. 
The others are open to question. How- 
ever, Russia, Germany and Mexico are 
not the only modern conspirators at- 
tempting to dagger the Most High. 
France has long been in that group. 
Turkey, Poland, Japan and others are 
on the point of joining them in giving 
God notice to vacate. Then there are 
some other nations — some of them 
much closer home — who, in ways more 
polite and in ways more diplomatic, 
are assuming a "Get-you-out-of-the- 
way" attitude toward the ambassadors 
of the Kingdom of God. Well, all this 
was foreseen three thousand years and 
more ago by the God Who ruleth in 
the heavens. He foresaw this day of 
the Antichrist, with all its lawlessness 
and rebellion. And, long ago He gave 
to rebellious kings His answer: 

"Why do the heathen rage, and 
• the people imagine a vain thing?" 
The kings of the earth set them- 
selves, and the rulers take counsel 
together, against the Lord, and 
aginst His Anointed, saying. Let 
us break their bands asunder, and 
cast away their cords from us. 

"He that sitteth in the heavens 
shall laugh: the Lord shall have 
them in derision. Then shall He 
speak unto them in His wrath, and 
vex them in His sore displeasure. 
Yet have I set My King upon My 
holy hill of Zion. I will declare the 
decree: the Lord hath said unto Me, 
Thou are My Son; this day have I 
begotten Thee. Ask of Me, and I 
shall give Thee the heathen for 
Thine inheritance, and the utter- 
most parts of the earth for Thy 
possession. Thou shalt break them 
with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash 
them in pieces like a potter's ves- 
sel. Be wise now, therefore, O ye 
kings: be instructed, ye judges of 
the earth" (Ps. 2:1-10). 
Do the captains of the nations ever 
read anything apart from the blood- 
and-thunder stuff that flares at them 
from every putrid news stands they 
pass ? Do they ever seek the brown 
pages of history that stand on the 
shelves of all the great libraries of the 
world? Can the experience of a hun- 
dred empires teach them nothing? 
Know they not that whenever and 
wherever men have said "Go to" to 
God, and "Let us" to each other, that 
they have only succeeded in arousing 
divine indignation that has swept them 
away into darkness, distress, destruc- 
tion, death and damnation ? Every 
empire of man that has said "Go to" 
to God, has dazzled, spluttered, effer- 
vesced, collapsed, and faded away into 
the midnight of oblivion! Germany, 



Russia, Mexico, and even the United 
States of America, will form no ex- 
ceptions. History will only repeat. 
Through Lawlessness, The Spiritual 
Kingdom of Israel Fell. 
"Then Paul and Barnabas waxed 
bold, and said. It was necessary 
that the Word of God should have 
first been spoken to you: but, see- 
ing ye put it from you. . . .lo, we 
turn to the Gentiles" (Acts 13:46). 
"On them which fell, severity" 
(Rom. 11:22). 

The Lord of glory never would have 
suffered His shameful death on the 
cross, had law and order prevailed. 
Only a mob could have put Him to 
death. Yelling as the madmen of mobs 
do, thirsting for blood as mob mur- 
derers ever do, the cry went up: "Cru- 
cify! Crucify!" What mattered it 
that a just ruler of the Jews should 
plead: "Doth our law judge any man 
before it hear him?" (John 7:51). What 
mattered it that a Roman governor, ex- 
amining Him, "found no fault at all?" 
The mob had sniffed blood. Before it, a 
spineless governor quailed. (His pro- 
geny still lives!) When "Pilate saw 
that he prevailed nothing, but that 
rather a tumult was made, he took 
water and (coward that he was) 
washed his hands" of the whole affair. 
Whereupon the mob, frothing at the 
mouth and howling with delight, pro- 
ceeded to mangle the Lord of glory, 
lashing His cheeks with reeds and 
slashing His back and thongs, ripping 
His garments from His quivering form, 
and hanging His lacerated Body in 
bloody nakedness upon a tree! The 
mob finally departed, feeling it had 
done its duty; for, had not a blas- 
phemer been done to the death? But, 
Son of God, or blasphemer out of the 
pit — that did not change the fact that 
Israel had departed from her great law- 
giver, and law and order were cruci- 
fied that day! "0 Jerusalem! Jeru- 
salem! which killeth and stonest!" Soon 
the shout of her mobs gave way to her 
agonizing groans, as Titus, the Ro- 
man, pounded down her walls. Lawless- 
ness ended the age! 

Through Lawlessness, Gentile 

Dominion Will Fall. 
"I will make a full end of all the 
nations" (Jer. 30:11). "Tell us,. . . 
What shall be the sign of ... . the 
end of the age? And Jesus an- 
swered and said Iniquity (law- 
lessness) shall abound" (Matt. 24: 
3, 12). "The mystery of lawless- 
ness doth already work: only there 
is one that restraineth now until 
he be taken out of the way. And 
then shall be revealed the lawless 
one, whom the Lord Jesus shall 
slay with the breath of His mouth, 
and bring to naught with the mani- 
festation of His coming" (II Thess. 
2:7, 8, R. v.; of Cf. Rev. 19:11- 
20). 

Comment is unnecessary. The leaven 
of lawlessness was working in the 
days of the apostles. A lawless mob 
crucified the Lord of glory. A lawless 
mob stoned Stephen to death. Lawless 



mobs camped continually on the trail 
of Paul. For centuries the leaven has 
been fermenting, and fomentation will 
come to its fullness at the close of our 
age. The spirit of lawlessness will 
find its consummation in the "Lawless 
One"' — even that "man of sin," the 
Antichrist. 

Lawlessness Has Its Roots in 
The Home. 
The distressing fact confronts us 
that the rampant lawlessness of our 
age has its roots in the home. Women 
have been boasting of something they 
call "emancipation." Before these 
"emancipated" females, who paint and 
smoke and swear and clothe themselves 
in fig-leaves, — spineless preachers 
quake and quiver and quail as they de- 
mand that the word "obey" be stricken 
from the marriage ceremony. The laws 
of God establishing the divine rela- 
tion between husband and wife are 
scorned. Lawless mothers breed law- 
less children. And that is almost the 
whole story. Not so long ago, before 
fathers abdicated the throne of the 
home to their infants, the average age 
of criminals was over forty. Today, it 
is less than twenty! When children 
should still be roosting at home, they 
are roosting in jail! 
Lawlessness Threatens The Destruction 
Of The State. 
But a few years ago, the United 
States yielded its place at the pinnacle 
of civilization to none. It boasted the 
moral leadership of the world. Today, 
unprejudiced obsei^vers are telling us 
that it is the most lawless nation on 
earth. How can it be otherwise when 
officialdom leads the way? Chairman 
Wickersham, of the famous Hoover 
law-enforcement commission, after 
years of study, declared that the "ugly 
side of our officialdom" was found in 
the fact that law enforcement officers 
stoop "to attain their ends by means as 
illegal as the acts they seek to punish 
or suppress." Why did the "noble ex- 
periment" fail ? It failed because of 
lawlessness at the fountain head of 
our government. A year ago, Sheilah 
Graham, newspaper correspondent, in- 
terviewed Mrs. Lewis Douglas, wife of 
the director of our national budget. She 
told him that, while the 18th amend- 
ment was still a part of the Consti- 
tution, and intoxicating liquor was an 
oulaw, yet the damnable "bootleg" was 
served at an official function attended 
by thJe members of the Cabinet and 
diplomatic service! She said: 

"Every one at this function was 
delighted that at l,ast the nonsense 
of secret drinking was over. I, my- 
self, always for the seven years I 
have been in Washington, . have 
served wine and liquor at my pri- 
vate parties, partly as a protest 
against prohibition, but chiefly be- 
cause it is impossible to entertain 
without it. Before every state or 
official function, private parties 
were held, and most of the guests 
came there first." 
What a fine example for the wife of 
the director of the national budget o5 



January 25, 19 36. 



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the United States to set! And, in the 
light of her words, what are we to 
think of the men who have been guid- 
ing our ship of state? As for us, we 
must regard the bootlegging gangster 
who goes sneaking down dark alleys 
with his wares, a model of citizenry be- 
side these hypocritical official gang- 
sters who take solemn oath to uphold 
the law, and are given the great trust 
by the people, and then proceed to 
violate the confidence of a nation by 
trampling the Constitutional Law of 
the nation under foot. If they will do 
it in the matter of the liquor laws, they 
will do it in any other matter, if It 
serves their lusts. Imagine the condi- 
tion of a nation should every citizen 
start out to "protest" against every 
law that he does not like, by breaking 
that law! 

Our California Governor ! 
Finally, it was left for a governor 
of California to cap the climax of of- 
ficial lawlessness — ^to show that our 
nation, even as other nations of earth, 
is rotting in lawlessness. The day is 
still fresh in California's memory when 
two vicious young criminals kidnapped 
and foully murdered a young man in 
San Jose. They were arrested and im- 
prisoned, awaiting trial. Beyond every 
shadow of a doubt, even in these days 
of chicken-hearted judges, shyster law- 
yers and week-kneed juries of sob-sis- 
ters, these young men, by due process 
of law, would have speedily gone to the 
gallows to expiate their crime. But, be- 
hold! a governor, who solemnly took 
oath that he would uphold the law of 
the State, deliberately encouraged and 
offered his protection to the howling 
mob that tore the garments from these 
two young criminals, beat them into 
a mass of bruises, and hung them up 
in their nakedness on the limbs of trees 
before 6,000 spectators in the midst oi' 
a city. In a day when disrespect for 
law and order threaten the very exist- 
ence of civilization (for all civiliza- 
tion is based on the annihilation of 
violence), the governor of one of the 
greatest commonwealths on earth, not 
only refused to use the power at his 
command to uphold law and order, but 
he made alliance with the lawless mob 
by saying: 

"This is the best lesson that the 
State has ever given to the coun- 
try.... If any one is arrested for 
the good job, I'll pardon them all 
.... I have asked the wardens of 
San Quentin and Folsom for the 
names of those serving sentences 
for violent kidnapping. I am think- 
ing of paroling these prisoners to 
citizens of San Jose who know how 
to handle such a situation." 
What law-abiding citizen of Cali- 
fornia did not hang his head in shame 
as he read those words ? One would 
think that a responsible governor must 
have had his mind temporarily de- 
ranged by the heat of his passion af- 
ter brooding over the details of an un- 
speakable crime. But no! he continued 
until his death to affirm the righteous- 
ness of his stand! It will not place the 



slightest strain on the feeblest of gray 
matter to understand that the spirit of 
"the angels that sinned" was the very 
same spirit that indwelt the San Jose 
mob, and was blessed by our California 
governor,— a spirit that the Word of 
God calls the spirit of "natural brute 
beasts" who "despise government" and 
"count it pleasure to riot," making 
themselves "servants of corruption." 
There is one difference— the fallen an- 
gels and the Sodomites "spoke evil of 
dignities" who evidently refused to join 
them whole-heartedly in their lawless- 
ness. Today, our highest dignitaries 
join the mob! If the judgment of God 
fell upon a world that, in lawlessness, 
"spoke evil of its dignities," what are 
we to expect of Almighty God when 
once in His world of men, the "digni- 
ties" themselves bless or join the mobs? 
What Does It Indicate? 
Unless all signs fail, the lawlessness 
of the hour strongly speaks of the 
coming of the "lawless one," and the 
fall of the curtain upon our age. A 
lawless age will call for a lawless rul- 
er. In a world wherein "lawlessness 
shall abound" (Matt. 24:12) and men 
shall "hate one another" (Matt. 24:10) 
human sorrow shall reach its zenith. 
Thank God for the promise that those 
days shall be short, for otherwise, 
"there should no flesh be saved'' 
(Matt. 24:22). Just beyond our law- 
less night, lies the glorious day when 
the glorious prophecy of Malachi shall 
find its fulfillment— "the Sun of 
Righteousness (shall) arise with heal- 
ing in His vrings" (4:2). 

How comforting it is to the true 

children of God that they are able to 

see even in the dark and lawless deeds 

of men — ever growing more and more 

lawless — the speedy fulfillment of our 

blessed hope — the speedy coming of 

"The Lion of The Tribe of Judah!" 

"And the government shall be 

upon His shoulder: His name shall 

be called Wonderful, Counsellor, 

The Mighty God, The Everlasting 

Father, The Prince of Peace. Of 

the increase of His government and 

peace there shall be no end, upon 

the throne of David, to order it, 

and to establish it with judgment 

and with justice from henceforth 

even forever. The zeal of the Lord 

of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 

9:6, 7). 



STEWARDSHIP makes us all con- 
tainers of the wine of God's grace and 
love and beneficence. We contain not 
to retain but to convey — to bestow — 
to bring to those who need to drink. 
STEWARDSHIP is not a theory but 
an attitude; it is an act. We are not 
mere containers — vessels — storing up a 
poured-in-content. We are carriers, bear- 
ers of divine gifts. We are partners, 
fellow-workers vidth God, seeing 
through His vast purposes of love. 

— L. Polman. 



PERSONAL GIFTS 

WORTHY OF SPECIAL 
COMMENDATION 

A special word of commendation is 
due the isolated members and those 
who fear they may not have an oppor- 
tunity to make their gift through their 
local congregation for the very fine re- 
sponse they are giving to the appeal 
for the Publication Day Offering. 
Gifts from this source have been com- 
ing for more than ten days. These gifts 
likely mean sacrifice in many cases but 
there comes a real joy to those who 
give sacrificially. 

May the example of these be a real 
incentive to all to give as these have 
given. 



RECIPE FOR A NUT SUNDAY 

Stay in bed until ten; 
Read Sunday paper until one; 
Feed your face until three; 
"Lop" around until nine; 
Nothing doing; Nothing done; 
GOOD NIGHT! 

— L. P. 



OUR TIMES 
The nations' sun is sinking in the west; 
God's bounteous day of grace wUl 
soon be o'er; 
The fleeting hours of this sad worhPs 
UTvrest 

Are filled with deepest sin and sor- 
row sore. 

With world-wide armies training for 
the fray, 

False prophets still speak forth the 
word of peace. 
And Brown-shirts. Black-shirts, Red- 
shirts hail the day 

Of their great glory with its swift 
increase. 

"0 fools, and slow of heart," why will 
ye spurn 

All that the prophets and their Lord 
proclaim? 

Man's day is dying! Turn, ye people, 

turn, 

Before the night shall end man's 
boasted fame. 

Though men His Word of prophecy 
despise, 

Yet God hath spoken — and His Word 
is true; 

Ou/r Christ is coming! Christian, lift 
your 'eyes. 

And pledge your life and love to Him 
anew! 

— Rev. Albert Simpson Reitz. 



The chaos of thinking today is be- 
cause men do not think rightly about 
God.— W. E. Ronk. 



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PUBLICATIONS 

By F. B. Miller 

(Continued from page 6) 

profit we made in good times, but in 
warning us of danger in "hard times" 
not to cut our prices below the actual 
cost of production. Without an accurate 
cost system, we do NOT know where 
that point is. Price cutting is awfully 
easy to do, but, like drinking and oth- 
er sins, not quite so easy to stop. As 
customer after customer insists on low- 
er prices for his work, it is the wise 
printer who has cost records to whisper 
"no." 

With the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany, an accurate cost system is indis- 
pensable. If employed it enables the 
management to give a more complete 
and detailed picture of conditions as 
they actually ARE. Had this been done 
in the early days of the depression, the 
necessity for many changes and econ- 
omies might have been foreseen — and 
perfected — before it was too late — econ- 
omies that would have avoided further 
borrowing and straining of credit. 

To Dr. BeaP's credit it should be 
stated that he learned this "cost les- 
son" from the experience of other 
church publishing houses and one of his 
first acts a year ago was to install an 
adequate cost system. It is working 
every day, and becoming more valuable 
every day. If the publishing house 
makes money today, he knows what 
class of work caused it; if it loses mon- 
ey he knows exactly where the losses 
are. Every employee has a time slip 
to fill out on every job, and these are 
recorded. This system affords an ac- 
curate insight into the "productive" 
and "non-productive" time devoted to 
the business. Along with this, good gen- 
eral bookkeeping is being maintained, 
which, we hope, will prevent any argu- 
ments in the future as to what percent- 
age of revenue was spent here- or 
there. 

I do not expect Dr. Beal to perform 
any miracles. I do expect him to make 
good, as I believe he is doing. Equip- 
ment at the publishing company is not 
exactly modern, but he has done much 
the past year to modernize it — more 
perhaps than was done in the five pre- 
vious years of the depression. With 
this equipment at hand he cannot com- 
pete to a great extent in the commer- 
cial world against more efficient ma- 
chinery. But he is getting his share of 
commercial work, outside the church 
agencies proper, and there is no "guess 
work" as to what it is costing. 

With loyal cooperation from the 
Brotherhood in a financial way, I firm- 
ly believe Dr. Beal will be successful in 
rebuilding the business and restoring 
its credit standing. He cannot do it 
alone. I do not think the Brethren peo- 
ple expect him to. The church needs 
the publishing house and all the Breth- 
ren literature it can print. We may 
differ from time to time over personnel 



MODERATOR'S ADDRESS 

By G. E. Cone 

(Continued from page 9) 

way. Prayer and consecration are an 
absolute necessity. Prevailing prayer 
will move the hand of God. Complete 
consecration of self and means, are 
also needed. Our communities will not 
be shaken until there is a divinely sent 
earthquake, so to speak, in our church- 
es. TJntil the Christian people of the 
community are filled with zeal for 
God, and compassion for the unsaved, 
this awakening can not come. 

Men may build church buildings, or- 
ganize church machinery and plan cam- 
paigns but God alone can make a 
church His insti-ument for righteous- 
ness and His instniment of salvation. 

III. Our Sunday Schools need to 
awaken to their grand privilege of 
winning boys and girls to our Lord 
Jesus Christ and training them for 
Ambassadorship for Him. It is my 
humble opinion that unless we do some- 
thing about Summer Camp for our 
boys and girls, others will — others who 
may not be too careful to be Scriptural. 
Certainly these will not have the view- 
point we should vsdsh for them. Too 
many in our day would welcome the 
opportunity to lead our young people 
their way. That way might be away 
from Christ and His church. 

IV. Our Young People's Christian 
Endeavor groups need attention. Have 
they held their place in the march of 
soul-winning and Christian training in 
our district? If not, why not? I see 
no place set aside on our program for 
Christian Endeavor. What does this 
mean? Does it mean that the great 
young people's organization which a 
few years ago adopted the Battle Cry 
"A saloonless nation by 1920" has gone 
out of business ? Can it be possible 
that we will become indifferent to the 
tremendous potential power of good 
and for God wi-apped up in our people 
of Christian Endeavor age? Brethren, 
we cannot aford to neglect this phase 
of our work. Probably C. E. has proved 
a problem. Is there no solution apart 
from abandonment? There should be a 
solution and I believe there is. How 
much prayer have we given to this 
phase of our work ? I suggest we think 
deeply, pray earnestly, and take some 
definite action before this conference 
closes. 

V. Is the Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety and Sisterhood work being al- 
lowed to sag? If so, should not verv 
definite steps be taken to remedy this ? 
It would appear that because of dues 
and some other demands in these try- 
ing days some have become discour- 



but we all agree on the need of the 
house itself — and the necessity of oper- 
ating it on a sound business basis. 

Let's all do our share to keep it 
going . 



aged. Brethren, if we allow this power- 
house to close down we shall soon be 
missing the light generated thereby. Is 
there not a way these women may be 
kept in training and service even if | 
dues can not be adjusted ? Is money in 1 
first place? If so I fear much for the 
future of these Societies. 

Perhaps the women will not thank 
me for these questions. However, I 
think them vital — worthy, I believe, of 
serious consideration. I should not men- 
tion them if they had not so many times 
been asked of me by the women of this 
and other districts. 

VI. I have not forgotten our men 
and boys. Certainly we should co-oper- 
ate with the National Laymen's Or- 
ganization and the organized boy's 
work. I believe this is vital. I trust we 
may have something definite along 
these branches of our work at this 
conference and during this year. 

Keep in mind always. Brethren, that 
Christ must be the center and circum- 
ference of all our church work. Unless 
we so order our church life as to mag- 
nify Christ, win sinners to Christ, train 
believers in His will, we shall fail. 

Brethren, we have an heritage worthy 
of our best. Our Lord said "One is your 
Master, and all ye are Brethren." Also 
"Go ye into all the world and preach 
the gospel." "Go ye therefore, and 
teach all nations," and "Lo, I am with 
you alway." 

He went. He carried the gospel. He 
taught. The apostles and disciples went. 
They preached. They taught. Men 
through the centuries have accepted 
the challenge and gone carrying the 
good news of salvation through Jesus 
Christ. They have taught in homes, by 
the wayside, in the schools and in the 
churches. You and I have the blessing 
of faith in Jesus Christ today because 
those before us have accepted the chal- 
lenge. What if any one of those going 
had failed? 

As I see it two alternatives face us 
here in America. First, we must carry 
the Gospel with the power of God by 
the Spirit out to our neighbors and on 
to the ends of the earth, keeping faith 
with our God and with those who 
brought the gospel to us. 

Or, secondly, we will allow atheistic 
bolshevism or one of its allies — Fas- 
cism, Communism or Socialism — to 
carry us into a reign of terror such as 
is being witnessed in other nations of 
the world. We thank God that we yet 
have the privilege to worship Him in 
America. How long will this blessing 
be ours ? Please do not think me pessi- 
mistic. I am not. Do not think me fool- 
ish. Only a few short years ago we 
found ourselves in a fool's paradise say- 
ing that there could never be another 
war. Then out of a blue sky (how 
well I remember) the papers came out 
with big headlines telling that war had 
been declared. That war embroiled the 
world. That war cost millions of lives 
and billions of money. No one will ever 
know just how much that holocaust 
did cost the world. That war was to 



Janvxiry 25, 1936. 

THE CHURCH 

By M. L. Sands 

(Continued from page 10) 

Figure of Peter's confession, Jesus 
Christ, who is the Rock of Ages, the 
Stone of Daniel's Vision that shall scat- 
ter and crush the kingdoms of this 
world at His Coming. This is the 
Foundation of which Paul speaks in I 
Cor. 3:11 as already having been laid 
even, Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus is 
the foundation of the believer's faith. 
Jesus is the foundation of the church 
and the structure built upon Him will 
stand all the tests of time, all the 
storms of life and all the attacks of 
Satan. 

At the beginmng of the Reformation, 
Martin of Basel accepted Christ but 
hid his confession in a wall. At the 
same time Martin, Luther said, My 
Lord confessed me before God, I will 
not hesitate to confess Him before 
kings." Martin of Basel is forgotten. 
Martin Luther founded a church. 

I think you will agree with me that 
the purpose of the church is right. The 



make the world safe for democracy. 
Is democracy safe today? By no 
means. We see dictators, dictators and 
more dictators. You may say, "We need 
not fear?" If so then you must be 
asleep, hopelessly blind, or willfully ig- 
norant. 

Brethren, the old Book of God — our 
Bible says, "Righteousness exalteth a 
nation, but sin is a reproach to any peo- 
ple." Beloved, righteousness and hu- 
man dictatorship do not go hand in 
hand. Ask the common people of Rus- 
sia, Italy, Germany, China or any 
country where human dictators now 
rule. Do you think the soldiers of Italy 
really want to go to Ethiopia to fight ? 
You know they have no choice. 

Brethren, it is either a Godsent re- 
vival or some form of dictatorship for 
our beloved America. Will America 
awake ? Will we of this Mid- West dis- 
trict awake? 

Not far from us tonight is one branch 
headquarters of the Communist party 
of the United States. No one would ex- 
pect anything else but that they would 
be continuously carrying forward their 
program. 

Our only hope is to come to grips 
with God in prayer. Honor God with 
life and substance. Put away all les- 
ser interests for the one all important 
thing namely — bringing America to the 
feet of Christ Jesus. It is a staggering 
task viewed from man's angle. God 
alone can empower for the task. Look 
up Brethren! Look up. Your final re- 
demption draweth nigh. One of these 
times a figure will appear in the can- 
opy of the heavens and we shall move 
through space to meet the One we have 
accepted as Lord and Saviour. Blessed 
Hope! May it very soon be a reality 
in our experience. Until that time, 
be faithful! 



purpose of the church his always been 
the exaltation of Christ. In fact, I be- 
lieve this should be the aim and pur- 
post of the believer's life. Jesus said, 
"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the 
wilderness, even so must the Son of 
Man be lifted up: That whosoever be- 
lieveth in Him should not perish but 
have eternal life" (John 3:14). The 
same truth is found in the Great Com- 
mission in Mark, "Go ye into all the 
world, and preach the Gospel to every 
creature. He that believeth and is bap- 
tized shall be saved; but he that be- 
lieveth not shall be damned." The 
early church took this literally and on 
the Day of Pentecost, in Peter's ser- 
mon, it was Christ that was held up 
and three thousand were saved. In all 
the other sermons in Acts, including 
those of Paul, Jesus was the central 
theme. Pie was exalted as the Christ of 
God. He was exalted as Saviour of the 
world. He was exalted as the Son of 
God. 

The exaltation of the Word always 
has been a part of the purpose of the 
church. Jesus said, "Thy word is truth!" 
Paul told Timothy that he should 
study to be approved of truth, (II Tim. 
2:15). The Brethren Church has had 
as her slogan for years, "The Bible, 
the Whole Bible and Nothing but the 
Bible." All this is quite in line with 
what I am saying. The purpose of the 
church is the exaltation of the Word. 
Let me illustrate the power of the 
Word when it is given a chance. A 
groceryman, who was an infidel, took 
the family Bible and tore out the leaves 
to wrap packages for his customers. 
One day while wrapping a package he 
happened to gaze at the page he was 
using and was immediately arrested by 
the truth contained therein. He read 
the page and was converted to God. 

The exaltation of Christ and the ex- 
altation of the Word are for the su- 
preme purpose of saving souls. This 
is the outstanding work of the church. 
Ever since Adam sinned and made 
the race to sin, mankind has been in 
the grip of sin and in bondage to 
Satan. And the tendancy of man is 
ever downward. The only hope for man 
is to bring him in touch with Christ. 
He, and He alone, can save men from 
sin. He said, "I am the Way, the 
Truth, and the Life, no man cometh to 
the Father but my Me." 

This is the best paying business in 
the world. Most ministers and perhaps 
others have had many experiences in 
soul-winning. We can say with the 
missionary who worked twelve long 
years without a convert, when one 
came to the Lord, "Oh the joy that 
filled my heart." The Word says, They 
who turn many to righteousness shall 
shine as the stars forever, Dan. 12:3. 
Yes, the purpose of the church is 
right. 

Then, the message of the church is 
right. It is a message of hope. There 
is hope for the sinner, hope for the 
afflicted, hope for rich and poor alike. 
It is a message of life, the more abund- 



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ant life, life beyond the grave. It is a 
message of encouragement. It is a mes- 
sage for eternity. 

The greatest of all is the Saviour 
of the church. The Word says. All have 
sinned and come short of the glory of 
God. . . .Tliere is none that doeth good, 
no, not one." Some men realize this 
and cry out with David, "My sin is 
ever before me!" Some men are like 
Christian in Pilgrim's Progress, who 
carried the burden of sin on his back 
until released from it at the cross. Je- 
sus agonized in the garden. He was 
betrayed by a kiss. He was nailed to 
the cross. He carried my sins with 
Him there. He makes us one with 
God. Let me illustrate by a father and 
son who were not on speaking ternis 
with each other. The wife and mothef 
was ill and dying wanted to bring 
them together again. So she sent for 
the father and had him stand on one 
side of the bed. Then she sent for the 
son and had him stand on the other 
side of bed. Then she took the hand of 
the son and put it in the hand of the 
father, thus like Christ she reconciled 
them over her own dead body. 

But we worship not a dead Christ 
but one who is alive forever more. True, 
it did look dark when Jesus died on 
the cross. It looked like defeat for 
God and victory for Satan. I think even 
Satan thought he had won the battle 
that started in the garden of Eden. But 
Satan had not reckoned with the power 
of God. When the women went to the 
tomb on the first day of the week they 
found the tomb empty. They heard the 
Angelic message, "He is not here, He 
is risen as He said." And this is the 
message of life that echoes down 
through the years, bringing hope and 
encouragement to His followers every- 
where. Like Job we can say, I know 
that my Redeemer liveth, and that He 
shall stand at the latter day upon the 
earth; and though after my skin worms 
destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall 
I see God" (Job. 19:25, 26). Yes, the 
church's Saviour is living and moving 
and doing His work. After the resur- 
rection. He ascended on high before 
His disciples and is now at the right 
hand of the Father, interceeding for 
us. Hebrews pictures Him as our Great 
High Priest, interceeding for us with 
His own precious blood, shed as the 
Lamb of God that taketh away the sin 
of the world. And I like to think of 
Him as being interested in each one of 
us individually. 

This is a Saviour that is worthwhile. 
This is a Saviour we can present to 
the world as one who can supply all 
our needs. This is the Saviour who is 
the head of the church. And since this 
is true the church will never fail and 
will accomplish God's purpose until He 
says it is enough. She will continue to 
be a great force for good in the world. 
She is worthy of the best support we 
give her. Let us present our bodies as 
living sacrifices, not to die, but to live 
for Christ and His church. 



1§ 



The Brethren Evangelist 



CHRISTIAN LIFE DEPARTMENT 

"Qrist in you the Hope of Glory" Col. 1 :27 



According To Your Faith 

By Vance Havner 

My heart goes out to the believer 
who is earnestly seeking a fuller and 
deeper Christian experience. But the 
quest for the abundant life has become 
a sort of glorified hobby with all too 
many. They are ever learning and nev- 
er able to come to the knowledge of 
this truth. They sing songs of the high- 
er life and bemoan their weak and fal- 
tering existence. They run from preach- 
er to preacher hoping the next one will 
clear up the mystery. They devour de- 
votional books, — "surely on the next 
page I shall find the 'Open, Sesame' 
to the life I crave!' ' 

The Lord gave us the key long ago: 
"According to your faith be it unto 
you." There is no use in looking for 
vague sensations and mystic raptures: 
here is the measure of the life tri- 
umphant. As you believe in Him, in 
proportion as you trust Him, so shall 
your experience be. 

He did not say, "According to your 
fate." Some of this talk about "what 
is to be will be" is fatalism passing for 
predestination. If you are too lazy to 
launch out expecting great things from 
God and attempting great things for 
God, then do not blame your shallow 
life on divine Providence. 

He did not say, "According to your 
fortune." We buttress ourselves around 
with lands and goods and think that 
means life abounding but "a man's life 
consisteth not in the abundance of 
the things which he possesseth" (Luke 
12:15). The things may be abundant 
but still the life is not. 

He did not say, "According to your 
fame." "He that ruleth his spirit is 
better than he that taketh a city" 
(Prov. 16:32). Taking cities— doing the 
spectacular, getting in the headlines — ■ 
may be exciting business but it is not 
the ideal life. True success is always 
in the realm of spirit: it may be ob- 
scure and tucked away in some drab 
place among unromantic people, but the 
really faithful are the really famous. 

He did not say, "According to your 
friends." Popularity and "pull" are 
not the measure of fine living. Friends 
are only human, frail and often futile. 
And sometimes "mine own familiar 
friend, in whom I trusted, which did 
eat of my bread, hath lifted up his 
heel against me." It is well if we can 
follow the Psalmist into the next verse, 
"But Thou, O Lord!" (Ps. 41:9, 10). 

He did not say, "According to your 
feelings." There is our pet false mea- 
sure: we think there must be a "grand 
and glorious feeling" all the time. 



It is "according to your faith." It is 
for you to set the bounds of your ex- 
perience. If you trust Him much you 
shall realize much. The resources are 
there: if you make small drafts on the 
bank of Heaven do not wonder if you 
are always ragged and down-at-the- 
heel, rattling a few pennies while oth- 
ers are rich with God's gold. The Lord 
is rich unto all that call upon Him 
(Rom. 10:12): you may be rich, "for 
all things are yours" (I Cor. 3:21). 

Remember that faith is not a strange 
sensation that comes over you in rare 
moments, a magic thrill from some- 
thing in the minister's voice, a mystic 
trance to be reached once in a while, 
then lost for weeks or years. It is a 
sturdy confidence that God will keep 
His promises, confidence enough to 
walk out on them and live there, al- 
though the world expects them to 
crack and crumble under you any 
day. 

Don't waste your time looking for 
fancy recipes in poems and books and 
lectures about triumphant living. You 
will triumph only as you trust: as you 
have faith so will you fare. 
Faith in Prayer or Prayer in Faith? 
Many have prayed earnestly for some 
definite blessing and then, when it 
failed to come, have grown bitter and 
even cynical. And one hears from such 
disappointed hearts the frequent re- 
frain, "I have lost faith in prayer." 

The very phrasing of that statement 
reveals a misunderstanding of the right 
attitude toward prayer. Faith in prayer 
is one thing; prayer in faith is another. 
The man who starts out only with 
faith in prayer puts too much emphasis 
upon prayer and not enough upon the 
God to Whom he prays. He uses prayer 
as a sort of magic talisman, an "open 
sesame" to the things he wants, a 
quick way of getting things he wants 
from God. Then, when he does not get 
what he asks for he gives up prayer 
much as the heathen beats his fetish 
when he gets into trouble. Prayer is 
really his god. Instead of being pious, 
he is, in a sense, idolatrous. Faith in 
prayer may be a very childish and in- 
adequate attitude. 

The object of our faith should be 
God rather than prayer. Then, prayer 
in such faith will not fail. We ought 
first utterly to commit all we are and 
have into His hands and leave them in 
His keeping. We ought to realize that 
while we can see only a tiny segment 
of life at a time, God sees the length 
and breadth of it with all its complica- 
tions and intricacies. That being true, 
what we think we want may not, in 
His sight, be our need at all. So, when 
we pray in faith, faith in God, we first 
recognize that all things are in His 



hands and that He has promised to 
supply our needs. 

So praying, we are prepared for our 
particular request being denied. God 
may say, "Wait" or "No." But, while 
He may deny the particular petition He 
never denies us. In that confidence we 
will not childishly sulk when this or 
that childish request is refused. For 
our faith is in God and, whatever may 
happen to a prayer, He is faithful. 

Why pray at all if God meets our 
needs? So does a true parent meet 
the needs of his child; yet there are 
many things a child receives that it 
never would receive, if it did not ask 
for them. Not only that, but if a child 
is to receive its needs it must stay in 
communion with the parent. Prayer is 
not merely begging things of God; it 
is also maintaining communion with 
Him. It takes the gracious giver and 
the willing receiver to make a perfect 
gift. And prayer is the human soul 
opening its hand to the Giver. The 
child that trusts and loves its father 
is the one that is continually making 
requests. The more one trusts and loves 
the Father the more he presents to Him 
the desires of his heart. True belivers 
are not those who indifferently ask, 
"Why pray?" They are continually 
sending their petitions to the Throne 
of Grace but they trust God to sort 
out their prayers and leave results to 
His discretion. 

Faith in prayer may be a cheap 
thing, bordering on superstition, like 
knocking on wood. But prayer in faith, 
faith in God, is a sturdy, rugged con- 
fidence that presents humbly, yet bold- 
ly, its claims and leaves the rest with 
God. — Rev. Mag. 



GIVING GOD A CHANCE 

"I have listened to your station many 
times, and have always received a 
blessing, so I have wondered if you 
could not send out some one to talk 
with my brother whom I believe is on 
his deathbed, a victim of moonshine." 

This was the substance of a tele- 
phone call that one day came to sta- 
tion WMBI of the Moody Bible Insti- 
tute, Chicago. This particular call 
brought to the house, well out in one 
of Chicago's suburbs, a Christian work- 
er, who was eager to bring the Word i 
of Life to a presumably dying man. 

The victim of sinful living lay on 
his bed, emaciated and in semi-stupor. 
There seemed little to be said or done 
for one so far spent. However, the 
visitor read several passages from 
God's Word — declarations of the Di- 
vine love and mercy. The reader rea- 
soned that no harm could result, and 
perhaps good would be done. 

Suddenly, and without warning, the 
sick man spoke out. 

"Say, see here, do you mean that 
God loves an old drunken bum? Can 
He love an old wreck who has lost 
everything just because he can't leave 
this rotten moonshine alone?" 

Now that he was aroused from his 
stupor, other questions followed. 

"I've disgraced my family and ruined 



J^ebruary 1, 1936. 

I In Jerusalem 

The Sabbath in Jerusalem is certainly 
a day of rest. "Not even milk is de- 
livered by the Jewish dairies until af- 
ter sunset on Saturday. All Jewish bus 
lines stop. On the Jewish Sabbath the 
syn,agogues are thronged with worship, 
pars (S. S. Times). As we read this 
article the question flashed to our 
mind, "If these knew the Lord Jesus 
and were truly saved would they dis- 
play such disrespect for the Lord's Day 
as Gentile believers do as a whole ? " 
We believe not. Surely Gentile believ- 
ers are bearing a poor testimony before 
the world through their disrespect for 
the Lord's Day. While we are not 
under the law nevertheless, the way 
professing Christians are using their 
liberty for occasions to the flesh is 
wrong. The greed and lust for money 
and pleasure are growing so strong in 
these last days that the Lord's Day is 
the same as any day in the eyes of 
countless thousands. Certainly men 
and women who are really saved, and 
who do know the Lord, ought to set 
an example for men and women by 
their respect for this day which is set 
aside for waiting before the Lord and 
attending to His word. — J. G. \j. 



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TICK-TOCK 



I have just a little minute, 
Only sixty seconds in it. 
Forced upon me, can't refuse it. 
Didn't seek it, didn't choose it. 
But it's up to me to use it. 
I must suffer if I abuse it. 
Just a tiny, little minute. 
But eternity is in it. 

—AUTHOR UNKNOWN 



"DAR'D BE a heap o' happy homes," 
said Uncle Eben, "if a man could be 
as patient aroun' de house as he is when 
be goes fishin'." 



ny life, and the doctor says I'm likely 
;o die any moment. Can God be wili- 
ng to have anything to do with such 
I wreck ? I'm certainly headed straight 
for hell — and I guess I am about 
there!" 

It took but a little time to recite 
;he glorious promises of salvation by 
faith in the Saviour of sinners. "Come 
into me," "whosoever believeth," "I 
ivill in no wise cast out," and other 
jrecious assurances of mercy from 
Sod's Word, and they did not return 
mto Him void. 

"Well, I'm no good as I am, and I'm 
roing to give God a chance. I'll do 
whatever you say." 

Deep repentance, earnest prayer, and 
inally a simple rest of faith in Him; 
ihe poor victim of drink accepted Christ. 
I From that hour there was a fighting 
hance for his life; health improved, 
he appetite for liquor left him; an- 
ther lost soul had been rescued from 
emporal misery and eternal ruin. 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




MORRILL, KANS. 

For some time a letter to the Evan- 
gelist Family has been due but its ar- 
rival has been delayed, partly because 
of neglect which is a poor acknowledge- 
ment, and partly because other things 
of greater interest took its place. At 
present the writer is confined to the 
inside because of rilness. The snow is 
falling in a quiet, placid manner, beau- 
tifying the out-of-doors with the nat- 
ural garment of winter while inside one 
enjoys home and a place to be when 
not physically able to be out. 

Through God's goodness we are again 
able to join the family list in making 
known our presence and the work of 
our church. It is more and more evi- 
dent that the Brethren Church here has 
a work to do and its presence is a call 
to its people to service. The field here 
is a limited one with not much oppor- 
tunity for any great expansion. Yet it 
calls for a service that only the Breth- 
ren Church can render. The members 
of the church fail in their duty when 
they neglect the work they are called 
to do through this medium of serv- 
ice. 

Changes have taken place since our 
last report, some giving more hopeful 
outlooks for the future, others present- 
ing a challenge for service through 
sacrifice and perseverance. It has been 
five years since the farmers here have 
enjoyed a bountiful crop such as agri- 
cultural fertility here is capable of 
producing. Our hopes are increased in 
that conditions point to a more abund- 
ant harvest for the coming year. These 
years of leanness have taught the peo- 
ple more than one lesson that it was 
necessary that they should know. We 
all need to have more experience in sac- 
rifice than to be always lavishing in 
luxury. 

Since our last report we have re- 
ceived into the church eleven members, 
some by relation, and some by baptism. 
A number of these are good reliable 
substantial additions to our member- 
ship. They are already filling their 
places in very commendable ways. We 
have lost three by letter and two by 
death, which are missed continually, 
but we realize that all churches must 
suffer these losses. 

The church attendance at all the 
services remains about normal al- 
though at present a number are sick 
and some are away while others are 
neglectful. The work of the Sunday 
School, the Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety and the Sisterhood are being car- 
ried on very efficiently. Our present 
superintendent was reelected to office 



for the ninth time and her work has 
been very commendable over this period 
of years. We have a number of folks 
in the church whose faithfulness to all 
its services is very commendable. 

We celebrated our tenth Christmas 
with the church this year. The expres- 
sions of good will measured up to that 
of former years. In fact the Christmas 
spirit of this year was very much ap- 
preciated by the pastor's family, 
through the very valuable gifts re- 
ceived. Some were in money, some in 
clothing, some in groceries, the variety 
representing the entire membership. 

We join in wishing every church in 
the Brotherhood a very successful year 
and ask an interest in your prayers foi 
the work of the kingdom here. 

L. A. MYERS. 



GRATIS, OHIO 

When the last report was sent from 
this section of the Brotherhood we 
were preparing for Rally Day and 
Home Coming Day. Both were highly 
successful. Rev. Ray Shank, pastor of 
the Church of the Brethren at Gettys- 
burg, Ohio, was the Home Coming 
speaker and brought a masterful ad- 
dress. We had worked together while 
in Flora, Indiana. The Women's Mis- 
sionary Society had the honor of hav- 
ing the largest out-of-town attendance 
at the Miami Valley Rally of the Mis- 
sionary Societies of this section of the 
state at Dayton in October. During 
October we assisted Brother Sylvester 
Lowman in his month of Evangelism 
campaign at Camden. We also were 
caused to rejoice this same month by 
having two of our loyal families from 
Flora visit us over the week-end. They 
were Brother and Sister Chas. Pope 
and family and Brother and Sister Dal- 
ta Myer and family. If all pastors had 
support like they gave us, pastoral 
work would lose most of its worries. 
Our fall communion service was well 
attended showing an increase over our 
former service. Our Official Board very 
graciously granted us permission to 
return to our old pastorate at Wash- 
ington Court House in November and 
hold their communion service for them. 
It was a pleasure to be there, also sad 
to miss so many who had been so loyal 
to us while we were there. Death had 
claimed them. The ranks are thinning 
there. Brother Dave Hegler and Sister 
Ida Himiller with a few other faithful 
ones are holding the fort. The Sunday 
School at Gratis put on a Thanksgiving 
program which was appreciated. Sun- 
day morning, Dec. 22nd the members 
surprised us by greatly increasing the 



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supplies of our larder. This was more 
than a passing shower as at this writ- 
ing it continues to "rain." That night 
the choir put on a musical pageant 
which was pronounced to be one of the 
best ever given here. The church year 
was closed with December. At the 
business meeting the first of the year 
the work was closed with all bills cared 
for and money in the treasury. There 
is not a dollar of indebtedness on the 
work here. 

Officers were elected for the Church 
and the Sunday School and we were 
given a unanimous call to continue as 
pastor. One member has been added to 
the church since the last report. The 
work in general is in good shape with 
all auxiliaries functioning. The attend- 
ance for all services averages well. 
Naturally there is room for much im- 
provement in this line. We are thankful 
for the splendid spirit that prevails, 
and was manifested in the Business 
meeting of the church and the meeting 
of the various Boards and auxiliaries. 
We are now looking forward to our 
Evangelistic campaign this spring with 
Brother R. Paul Miller as the evangel- 
ist. Then comes the preparation for 
entertaining the Ohio Conference in 
June. A Bible study class has been 
started, meeting the middle of each 
week. We are very much interested in 
reports of progress throughout the 
Brotherhood and covet an interest in 
the prayers of the faithful that the 
work here might not lag. 

FREEMAN ANKRUM, Pastor 



HUNTINGTON, INDIANA 

Three months have now passed since, 
in response to the call of the Home 
Mission Board, I assumed pastoral 
charge of the Brethren Church in 
Huntington, Indiana. It was the plan 
of the Board that I serve here only 
half my time and serve some other 
church half my time, but when no 
other church was found willing or able 
to cooperate in that manner, I moved 
to Huntington and have given full time 
service thus far. 

We have in Huntington a beautiful, 
brick church building. It was built by 
men and women of optomistic spirit 
who plaimed for future growth. Its 
auditorium and balcony are furnished 
with attractive and comfortable pews 
and seats that can accommodate four 
hundred or more. It is also equipped 
with a beautiful bapistry, a choir loft, 
commodious Sunday School rooms and 
social rooms, kitchen, toilets and furn- 



IN CALIFORNIA 

The state board of equalization 
has ruled that the words bar, 
barroom, saloon, cocktail lounge, cock- 
tail bar or buffet must not be used on 
any on-sale liquor establishment. But 
why? Calling a skunk "kitty" will not 
change the inbred nature of the beast, 
change its habits or make its special 
line of business any less dangerous. — B. 



ace. The church is quite well located 
in a section of the city that affords a 
field of service and responsibility of 
wide area and one that is not seriously 
contested by other denominations. Yet 
our active, working force at present 
seems very inadequate for the task. 
From a human standpoint the condi- 
tions are discouraging, but our trust 
is in Him who said "It is not by might 
nor by power, but by my spirit." We 
have a great challenge and "in the 
name of our God we set up our ban- 
ners." 

This church has experienced some 
seasons of splendid growth and power, 
but Satan has been viciously set 
against it and has made some very de- 
termined and damaging attacks upon 
it. Only recently the membership was 
much depleted and scattered. Who 
was to blame? It matters not now. 
We must waste no time hunting mis- 
takes and placing blame. The need for 
service is so great, the opportunities 
are so many, the duty so urgent and 
the time so short. We must take the 
church as we find it, enlist those who 
are willing to serve, and "forgetting 
those things which are behind, and 
reaching forth unto those things which 
are before, press toward the mark for 
the prize of the high calling of God in 
Christ Jesus." I am sure that God is 
able to do what to man is impossible. 
Again and again He has reestablished 
His cause when it had been lost 
through the failures of men, and has 
built upon their wrecks and rains His 
work as He would have it built, when 
a few people would truly humble them- 
selves, repent of their sins, trust in 
God and "have a mind to work." 

It seems to me that too much sacri- 
fice has been made for this work, too 
much money, time and effort have been 
invested, the property too valuable and 
well equipped, to say nothing about the 
possibilities of and the responsibility 
for such a field of service, to consider 
the thought of abondoning it. We must 
go forward, but it must be upon our 
knees. The work is God's and not ours. 
We can do nothing without Him. 

Dec. 15th we closed a two week's 
revival effort. During the first week 
we had our first zero weather of the 
season, accompanied by snow and icy 
streets, which only the most faithful 
were willing to endure. This chilled 
the ardor at the very beginning of our 
meetings. During the second week we 
had no street lights because the city 
authorities had failed to appropriate 
sufficient funds to continue the lights 
to the end of the year. Colds and oth- 
er sickness hindered the attendance of 
some. Nevertheless, while the attend- 
ance was not large and the unsaved 
avoided us as they usually do these 
days, much good was done. Those who 
attended were spiritually strengthened. 
While there were no conversions, some 
contacts with the unsaved were made 
that we hope will yet result in conver- 
sions. 

Some unavoidable hindrances have 
prevented my making as many calls as 



The Brethren Evangelist ^ 

WHAT GOD EXPECTS OF THE 
BRETHREN CHURCH 

(Continued from last week) 
By Wm. A. Steffler 

God expects the members of the 
Brethren Church to be a reverent peo-l 
pie. There is sadly needed in many of 
our churches the lesson of reverence 
reverence for God, for His church, for 
the Bible, for our bodies and for oui 
Elders! 

How flippant many people are todaj 
regarding Almighty God! He is spoker 
of as a neighbor down the street who 
has done something which does not 
meet with approval. We ought be care- 
ful how and when we take God's name 
upon our lips. 

We need to stress the lesson of reV' 
erence for the church. In spite of th« 
glorious position of the church whicl 
Christ purchased with His own precious 
blood, people are disrespectful of th(i 
church. An article which appeared in jj 



I should have made, but I have been 
able to visit most of the homes of the 
membership of the church besides othei| 
homes, which seems to have brough 
good results. Some still neglect th( 
services of the church and are not ac 
five in the work, but those who an 
active are working harmoniously anci 
diligently for the advancement of thi 
cause. 

At Christmas time some kindly re 
membered us with gifts of food an( 
other things, and some with gifts o: 
money, for which we are very thank 
ful. Although the work is hard an( 
will require much diligent and patien 
effort, we are happy and hopeful, 
accepted the call of the Mission Boari 
as the call of God and cheerfully trus 
Him to lead us and to help us to d' 
that which is His will for us to do ii 
this place. I believe that it is God' 
will that the Huntington Brethre: 
Church rise up out of the wreck ani 
ruin of the past, repent of her mis 
takes and sins, renew her allegiance t 
her Lord, become filled with the Hoi; 
Spirit and with power and faithful! 
bear her testimony and fulfill her di 
vine mission, looking for the gloriou 
appearing of the Christ from heaver 
I believe that it is God's will that 
have some part in this matter, an 
therefore I am more than willing t 
sacrifice and endure to the limit fo 
Him. We have no problems that H 
can not solve. It is my delight to d 
His will whatever the cost. 

Our present arrangements would per 
mit me to give some time to reviva 
and evangelistic labors elsewhere 
which I would be glad to do if I an 
needed anywhere, and it be at a tim 
that circumstances permit. My addres 
is 1802 N. Guilford St., Huntingtor 
Indiana. My address in the Annual i 
not correct. 

H. M. OBERHOLTZEI 



January 25, 1936. 



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Brethren publication some time ago 
might better illustrate the point of rev- 
erence for our church. 

A man of God visited a church. The 
usher took him to the row of seats 
which was specially reserved for vis- 
itors. The best seat in the church was 
always reserved for strangers. When 
the organist played there was silence in 
the church. No one whispered. As the 
preacher entered the pulpit every head 
was bowed in silent prayer; they were 
asking God to bless their pastor with a 
message for their hearts. Everyone 
joined in the singing. During the prayer 
and reading of the Scripture no one 
entered the church or left their seats. 
He noted that most people had their 
Bibles with them and when, the place of 
reading was announced they turned to 
it quickly for they knew the books of 
the Bible. Families were seated togeth- 
er; he noted that the father, mother, and 
each of the children had church envel- 
opes. As the preacher delivered the mes- 
sage all eyes were centered on him. 
They were not reading the church bulle- 
tin, nor the Sunday School paper. When 
the benediction was pronounced all re- 
mained in their places with bowed 
heads thanking God for the blessings 
received at the service. 

I wonder if we take our church ser- 
iously enough. The church is a place 
of worship, prayer and of sweet Chris- 
tian fellowship. Reverence is missing 
in many churches. May God help us to 
maintain this reverent spirit constant- 
ly. 

Reverence for the Bible, when it is 
read, when it is quoted, when it is 
preached, for God is speaking to us. 
It is a mark of irreverence to joke 
about the Bible or any part of the 
Bible — Brethren, let us be careful! 

Our bodies are the temple of the 
Holy Ghost. (I Cor. 6:19). Preacher, 
when is the last time you preached a 
sermon on showing reverence to the 
body? What dignity we ought to at- 
tach to our bodies when we realize they 
are God's dwelling places. 

Reverence to our Elders. Yes, we 
may take this with its two fold mean- 
ing; reverence for those older than we 
are and reverence for the Elders of 
the church. Too often, we hear mem- 
bers of the congregation referring to 
their pastor in terms which God never 
designated. Often the preacher is re- 
sponsible for this condition himself. Let 
us be careful Brethren. May we this 
year lay stress to this important subject 
of reverence. 

God expects the Brethren church to 
be a praying church. I do not believe 
the need of the Brethren Church is 
more plans; we have more than enough 
plans already. We need power to work 
ijut these plans. I am referring to spirit- 
aal power. The early church was a 
powerful church because she continued 
[steadfastly not Only in the Apostles' 
lioctrine of fellowship and in the 
oreaking of bread, but also in PRAY- 
ER. 

Do we lack the right kind of work- 
3rs in our church today? "Pray ye 



that thp Lord of the harvest may 
thrust forth laborers into the harvest." 

Do we lack wisdom in our work for 
the Lord? "Ask of God who giveth to 
all men liberally and upbraideth not." 

Is our trouble with finances? "My 
God shall supply all your need ac- 
cording of His riches in glory by Christ 
Jesus." Some churches have already 
dismissed their pastor because of no 
money. Mission and benevolence offer- 
ings are curtailed and local bills are un- 
paid. We seem to forget activities until 
better times come. We cannot do this 
friends. People need the church more 
in these days than ever before. We 
have at our disposal the privilege of 
prayer. 

The Holy Ghost did not flow through 
methods in days gone by, but through 
men — men mighty in prayer. There is 
no use asking for a new vision of 
Christ if we are not willing to fall upon 
our knees before God for that vision. 

Our churches, our State Conferences, 
our National Conference, should be 
tarrying places for prayer as well as 
for teaching. Is Satan having an easy 
time bringing about the final Apostasy 
by having God's people believe they are 
too busy for Prayer? Let there be in 
our district this year a mighty 
campaign of prayer. Let there be spe- 
cial days when all the churches of this 
district are met together in prayer. 
Prayer will make the Brethren Church 
a powerful church. A praying church 
will be an obedient church and the 
obedient church is bound to be a victor- 
ious church. 

God expects the Brethren church to 
be a teaching church. I would recom- 
mend this year in our district that 
every Elder have a definite program, 
teaching the people the various doc- 
trines of the Bible. People are erring 
today because of the lack of knowledge. 
I was amazed two years ago at our 
National Conference. I was called upon 
to bring a series of studies on prophecy 
to the Sisterhood. My intentions were 
to make them just as simple as possi- 
ble, so the young girls present might 
understand these truths which proved 
such a blessing to my own congrega- 
tion. After the first study, one of the 
leaders of the Sisterhood said to me, 
"What you said was true. I understand 
these things because 1 have a pastor 
who teaches them, but many of our 
Sisterhood girls come from churches 
where these good things are not taught. 
Make them just as simple as you know 
how." Our people want to know. What 
saith the Scriptures ? Let us take all 
the doctrines this year and teach them 
as they are revealed in the Word of 
God. 

Bible ordinances held by the Breth- 
ren church should be stressed so that 
these days when so many Godly peo- 
ple who are not satisfied with the 
husks they are being fed in their own 
churches, may know where we stand 
and find in the Brethren church a place 
to worship God as the Bible teaches 
and believe and practice the things of 



the Bible. There should be no "Uncer- 
tain sound" going from any pulpit in 
our district. 

The Brethren Church closely follows 
the practice of the Apostolic Church 
and admits none into fellowship until 
they have been baptized by trine im- 
mersion. No doubt we could double our 
church membership in a short time if 
we would admit people under any form 



When I came to a place of testing 

where my faith was most needed, I 
found it gradually going; then I learned 
to look less to my faith, and to depend 
more on God's faithfulness. 

— J. Hudson Taylor. 



IN THE SHADOW 



DOTY — On December 7, 1935 God called another 
of His aged saints from Uie Brethren of Turlock, 
California. Sister Velinda A. Doty, wife of the late 
Cloisa E. Doty, was born in Clark County. Ohio, 
June 8, 187], then, coining to California in 187(», has 
resided here ever since. She was one of the oldest 
members of the Turlock Brethren Church. She 

loved her church, she loved her Brethren and lived 
true to her faith and trusted her Lord till the 
end. 

For a long time she patiently bore with her ill- 
ness and suffering until in the 87tli year, Gth. month, 
and 25th day of her life, her Lord called her unto 
Himself. 

She leaves sis children; these all speak highly of 
their dear mother. Let us remember them in 

prayer. These dear children will miss their mother; 
the Turlock Brethren Church will miss her also. 
The Lord has called her just a little before the 
time when we too shall forever meet her and all 
our loved ones never more to be separated. 

Services were held in Turlock by the writer. 

BENJ. F. OWTDN 

H OST ET L E R— Claie Belle Elough was born In 
Caridll County. 111.. July 25. 1S7(J and pas.sed into 
the presence of the Lord from her home near Sunny- 
side. Washington, on the afternoon of Dec. 20, 
1935. She had been sick about four months. She 
was maiTied to Milton Hostetler at Milled geville. 111., 
Dec. 21. 1S97. In 1920 Mrs. Hostetler. with her 
three children moved to Sunnyside, wliere she has 
since resided. She was a faithful and consistent mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church for over 40 years. She 
will be missed by a large number of friends. Funeral 
services from the Brethren Church of Sunnyside, Dec. 
23rd, by the undersigned. E. W. REED. 

MARTIN— ilrs. Lydia Ellen Martin, widow of John 
A. :Martin. departed this life Dec. 7, 1935 at her 
home in Huntington. Indiana, concluding an illness 
of three months that resulted from a stroke of 
paralysis. which she received a few days after 
returning froni our last General Conference in Winona 
Lake, Indiana. Having been born Sept. 25, 1858. she 
lived to be a iJr.tle more than 77 years old. Three 
sons and their families survive her. Sister Martin was 
a faitliful member of the Huntington Brethren Church 
for many years and. both in the church and out of 
it, she had an excellent reputation as a consistent 
and devoted Christian. Interment was made in the 
cemetei-y at Monument City, about ten miles south- 
west from Huntington, which is in the vicinity where 
the deceased was reared to womanhood. The fun- 
eral services were held in the church near the ceme- 
tery and were conducted by her pastor, the writer, 
assisted by Rev. Howard Keim Jr.. pastor of the 
Church of the Brethren, 

H. M. OBERHOLTZER 

WH EATON — Earl "UTieaton, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Avery Wheaton. was bom January 25. 1880., near 
DanvUle, Ohio. He departed this life Nov. 21, 1935, 
at the age of fifty-five years. 

On March 2G. 1903. he was united in marriage 
with Sinia Yearous, and they lived in happy fellow- 
ship throughout the years. 

Mr. \\1ieaton leaves to mourn his departure his 
beloved wife, and his daughter. Winnie; also, two 
brothers. George Wheaton. of Newark. Ohio., and Ira 
Wheaton of Danville; together with many otlier rela- 
tives and a host of warm friends. 

He was a member of the Danville Brethren Cliurch 
for about twenty-five years, and served faithfully as 
trustee for a long time. 

May the God of all grace comfort each sorrowing 
heart with the divinely inspired consolation of I Thess. 
4:13-18. Funeral services were conducted by the under- 
signed, assisted by the pastor, John Erb. 

FLOYD W. SHIERY. 



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The Brethren Evangelist\\ 



of baptism, but Brethren, let us not 
lower the bars in order to increase our 
membership. 

The three fold communion service is 
always a blessing to the child of God 
who is willing to follow the plain teach- 
ing of the Scriptures. I believe that it 
is fitting and proper when we meet 
as a State Conference to arrange some- 
time during Conference for a Commun- 
ion Service. There is no better time, un- 
less it would be at a National Confer- 
ence, when the Brethren could express 
their love and unity. I would recommend 
that this conference consider the feasi- 
bility of such a service. The expenses 
for such a service could be cared for 
from the conference treasury. 

We need to emphasize more than ever 
today the Bible teaching about marriage 
and divorce. 

Our beloved church holds that mar- 
riage is a sacred bond. We should dis- 
courage as much as possible Brethren 
young people being yoked together with 
unbelievers. A number of preachers 
were telling me of the fine young Chris- 
tian girls who entered into the mar- 
riage bonds with young men of the 
world only to lose interest in the church 
and afterwards to have their life ruined 
because they soon discovered that mar- 
rying a person to reform him is poor 
business! 

Divorce is permitted only for one 
scriptural reason as we discover by 
reading Matthew 19:9. Let us not 
fear declaring there can be no true mar- 
riage after divorce during the life time 
of both parties. Such a union God 
plainly calls "adultery" in His Word. 
God cannot lie. He cannot join a couple 
"until death," and then dissolve the 
bond and issue another until death. 



Signs of the Times 

(Continued from page 2) 

— their superiors! — under a torrent of 
epithets. 

"At midnight the weary porters, 
who must watch their step or be re- 
ported for insolence, have to put the 
yelling business-men to bed, taking 
fond care of them. The men have been 
free with their money and the rail- 
roads welcome their business. They are 
merely some of the better citizens on 
the way to a buyers' convention. 

"Several unescorted young women 
enroute to school and a few elderly 
women, to whom the railroads do not 
seem to cater, shivered in their seats. 

"Perhaps the railroads could manage 
to segregate all the drunks, including 
their women friends, in club cars, thus 
retaining the good will of both sides." 



What a commentary on fallen human 
nature, as penned not by a preacher of 
theology, but by a man of the world. 
It will remind the Bible reader of 
Isaiah 28:8, "For all tables are full of 
vomit and filthiness, so that there is 
no place clean." 



Our church holds that, "The woman who 
hath a husband is bound by law to her 
husband so long as he liveth but if the 
husband is dead she is loosed from the 
law of her husband." Rom. 7:2. 

Our young people need careful in- 
struction about these matters If they 
are rightly taught there would be fewer 
divorces and more happy marriages. 

Let our church put forth special ef- 
fort to teach the people temperance in 
all things. Years ago our church passed 
a decision forbidding any member to 
engage in the manufacture or sale of 
intoxicants. The church forbad at one 
time the use of all alcoholic or malt 
beverages in public or private. It dis- 
couraged the use of tobacco and there 
was a time, I have been told, when no 
brother (and now because of necessity, 
we would have to add sister) could hold 
an office who uses tobacco. 

Today it seems to take the way of 
least resistence and allow worldly, un- 
godly men and women lo occupy im- 
portant places in our church, Sunday 
school and other organizations. I think 
it is now time for the Brethren to take a 
definite stand in regard to the separ- 
ated life. Then God will be able to 



bless us as I honestly believe He de- 
sires. 

Brethren, let us separate ourselves 
from the things of the world — those 
things that mar our testimony and spoil 
our usefulness for service. Let us con- 
secrate ourselves anew to our Lord and 
Saviour. Let Him be glorified in our 
lives. Let Him be glorified in our 
churches. Let Him be glorified in our 
homes. Let them be real homes of pray- 
er. Let our aim this year be every 
Brethren home a place where family 
worship is carried on daily." Let Him be' 
glorified in our Conference this year 
and every year until He returns for His 
own. Let Him be glorified in all thingS' 
so that He will have the preeminence in 
all the things we shall endeavor to do 
in this 47th Pennsylvania Conference. 

Let us face the future with the same., 
courage of the early saints! I 

This hour demands vision, vigor and 
vim. Let us be steadfast, unmoveable, 
always abounding in the work of the 
Lord." "If God be for us who can be 
against us." 

To Him be praise forever and ever, 
Amen. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 



THE LORD 
STILL SITS 

"Over against the treasury" 
and beholds our giving 

WILL HE SEE 

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Vol. LVIII, No. 5 



February 1, ime 



The BRETHREN 

EVANGELIST 



FOREIGN MISSIONARY NUMBER 



AFRICA'S PLEADING CALL 

fjUANITA") 

Far ojer the waters comes the>f4iS'°^^ cfp-'PrT*in 
Ofjme million voices — shall they cry in vain? 

fear ye now and answer — hasten thou with surSV release. 
Offer now thy healing, let their suffering cease. 
Africa, dark Africa, bid thy children cry no more. 
Africa, dark Africa, open now thy door. 

For our hearts are yearning, longing for that glad new 
When the mists and darkness all shall pass away. 
When through swamp and forest Christ shall walk on human feet, 
Vnd through human kindness, bring His blessing sweet. 
Qca^QJi^ArfficaT^ai^have heard thy call today. 
Africa, Oh Africa, accebt our gifts We pray. 

Christ the great Physicfen, speaks to us with pleading voice, 
"Go and teach and healXthem", leaving us no choice. 
Lord we quick will answerA^ifts upon Thy altar lay. 
Life and gold we bring thea heal them now we pray. 
Africa, Oh Africa, we woulci share our all with thee. 
Africa, Oh Africa, we would be true to thee. 

Now through the jungle wftere the forest children^am. 
Sounds the joyful drumbeat (saying — "Help has cc«ne, 
Health and hope is promisedXabundant life is iieefto all. 
They have heard and answergd — answered our/call." 
Africa, glad Africa, we would praise His name with thee. 
Africa, glad Africa, we give thAnks with rf^e. 

^ia Hunt McKinney. 



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1 HE King is Dead. 

It is not surprising that a king 
should die, for it is appointed unto men 
once to die. But the astonishing thing 
is the ahnost world-wide reverence and 
respect manifested toward the late 
King George V of England. Less than 
two decades ago (it seems but yester- 
day) kings were in disrepute. The kings 
were regarded as the source of practi- 
cally all our troubles. Once we were 
rid of them, it was thought, all would 
be well. And so, when the statesmen 
were assembled together at Versailles 
to arrange the map of the world for 
the new democratic millennium, no 
kings were invited. 

Now the King of England, a rather 
unpretentious person, lies down quietly 
and dies. And what do we find? That 
he is loved more genuinely by mil- 
lions of common people than all the 
great statesmen who have passed into 
obscurity, death or disgrace. 

Without wishing to depreciate his 
deserving qualities, it may be suggest- 
ed that the King held the public af- 
fection, where others failed, mainly be- 
cause he was not required to shoulder 
the responsibility of making decisions. 
Such responsibilities are always at- 
tended by grave risks. If your deci- 
sions are wrong, you will be condemned 
for them. If they prove to be right, 
you will make enemies. The way to be 
popular with everyone is to let others 
assume the responsibilities and make 
the decisions. Then, like Gamaliel, you 
can wait and see what happens be- 
fore taking sides. , 



HEN The King of Kings Died. 



How different His death! It was not 
the lying down on a pleasant couch, 
surrounded by loved ones and every 
possible human comfort, there to breathe 
his last while a waiting world paused 
to pay him tribute. His death was 
bloody and violent, hated by those who 
should have been His friends and de- 
spised by those whom He came to save. 
The tributes offered were few and from 
unexpected sources. A dying thief said 
of Him, "This man hath done nothing 
amiss." And the Roman centurion in 
charge, having completed his ghastly 
task, and being impressed by the con- 
vulsions of nature, says, "Surely this 
was the Son of God." But these trib- 
utes were exceptional. By His own peo- 
ple He was pronounced a blasphemer 
and a breaker of the law, one worthy 
of death. Even Peter, chiefest of the 
apostles, with cursing denied Him ut- 
terly. Thus the Kng of kings died, 
"despised and rejected of men," hated 
"without a cause." 

If you wonder at this perverseness of 
the world, it should be remembered 
that men are ever ready and willing to 
worship themselves but not God. Our 
earthly heroes, even at their best, re- 
flect our own imperfections and sins. 
We never feel condemned in their 
presence. Not so with Christ. In Him 
men saw for the first time all that 
they ought to be morally and were not. 
In the blazing light of His holiness, 
men became first uneasy, then uncom- 
fortable, and finally filled with unrea- 
soning hatred. We do not like to have 
our moral heroes too far above us. And 
so they killed Him. 



But, thank God, He rose again from 
the dead. Only of Him can the proc- 
lamation be truly made, "The King is 
dead. Long live the King." 



The Brethren Bvangelist 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

XHE Curse of Date-Setting. 

I have read the writings of many 
men who attempt to set the date of 
the Second Coming of our Lord, but 
the prize speculation was placed in my 
hands the other day by Brother Robert 
Ashman, student in the Seminary. It 
was clipped from a Johnstown news- 
paper, part of an open letter to the 
editor, and reads as follows: 

"Our next ruler will be a dictator 
who will be chosen by our Lord Je- 
sus, who will return to the earth in 
February, 1936, establish His kingdom 
in the city of Jerusalem, as written 
in the Scriptures, and rule all nations 
of the earth. I am not making these 
assertions on mere imagination, but 
because I have received communications 
direct from the heavens. Of course, I 
cannot prove that I received these 
communications, neither can anyone 
prove otKerwise. Therefore, all we can 
do at present is to wait and see." 

Much as we may deprecate the habit 
of date-setting, there is, after all, 
something refreshing about the above 
letter, namely, the writer admits frank- 
ly that he cannot "prove" that he is 
right. Almost every other date-setter 
I have met has been dogmatically cer- 
tain that he can prove his date from 
Scripture. 



By the way, wouldn't the gentleman 
in Johnstown be surprised if Christ 
should come before February? And 
He might. "Watch and pray; for ye 
know not when the time is" (Mark 13: 
33). 



XHE March of Events. 

Just a few weeks ago, Mr. MacDon- 
ald, high commissioner for the protec- 
tion of minority peoples under the 
League of Nations, resigned and an- 
nounced to the world that the Jewish 
situation in Germany is becoming hope- 
less. Because he was hampered in his 
efforts by the Hitler regime, the com- 
missioner resigned in protest. 

Now there are in this country three 
great Bi'itish Jews, recently arrived for 
the express purpose of seeking counsel 
from the Jews of America how to move 
perhaps 250,000 Jews from Germany to 
Palestine. These men are Sir Herbert 
Samuel, High Commissioner to Pales- 
tine; Viscount Bearsted, head of the 
Shell Oil interests; and Siom Marks, 
British chain store magnate — mighty 
men of influence and wealth. 

It will take untold millions to move 
these Jews. Hitler has laid down one 
of the most devilish conditions that 
could be imagined. He hates the Jew, 
says the Jew is the source of all Ger- 
many's trouble, and that the Jew must 
be eliminated. Yet the Hitler govern- 
ment will not permit the Jews to take 
their property with them. Of course, 
they cannot leave without any money. 
So Hitler has said he will let them 

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not be wholly fair to us for you to wait until Easter 
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And if you feel that your Church is unable to make 
such an offering, order the booklets anyway, and 
use them. But see that they are given out only to 
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SPECIAL NOTICE 

"'Miss Nielsen is now enroute to the east, where she 
will spend her time until after Easter doing deputa- 
tion work among our churches. 

Miss Nielsen is an intensely interesting speaker, 
and has a real message which all our people ought 
to hear. She will have with her stereopticon slides 
of South America, for use where such a lecture is 
desired. She will spend any reasonable time within 
a church that the pastor may desire, assisting in his 
missionary program. The pastors or church societies 
desiring a visit from Miss Nielsen prior to Easter 
should immediately get into touch with Rev. A. V. 
Kimmell, 2259 N. 10th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 



THE EASTER OFFERING 

Easter Sunday comes this year on April 12th. 
Time for Brethren folk to be thinking about the 
"largest yet" offering we are expecting on that day. 
Those African folks keep calling for "14 new mis- 
sonaries," and beyond every doubt, they can use 
them and many more, if the story is ever to be 
whispered once into the ears of the unevangelized 
tribes all around them. Argentina also presents des- 
perate need of additional helpers. The missionarj) 
forces have been sadly depleted down there. Who is 
prepared and ready to go? Yes, we are calhng for 
the "largest offering" in our history. 

The usual letter will soon be sent to all the pastors, 
asking them as to what supplies they want this 
year — barrels, literature, etc. In fact, such a letter 
will probably reach them before this issue of The 
Brethren Evangelist does. Please be very prompt in 
replying, pastors. 



NOW, All money for foreign missions 

ANOTHER reaching the office here in Long 
THING Beach ON OR AFTER MARCH 1st, 

will be reckoned as Easter Offering. 
Individuals sending in their offerings direct to our 
office will please infonn us to what Church you be- 
long, if credit is to be given to that Church also. 
Boost for your Church ! A bit of rivalry is healthy. 

Louis S. Bauman, Treas. Alice B. Longaker, Office Sec'y. 
1925 East 5th Street, Long Beach, California 



SAD! SAD! WE LEARN from an exchange 

that, "There are 60,000 preachers 

who preached three million sermons in one year 

without a single convert There were 10,000 

churches averaging 1000 members each which did 
not have a single addition to the church in one year. 
.... For the past ten years and more in New York 
State over 40% of the churches have not reported 
a single accession to membership on confession of 
faith and baptism .... The church has reached only 

50% of the adult population of the country, and 

only 30% of the sixty million children and young 
people are reached by the church." We fervently 
pray that no Brethren preacher or Brethren Church 
could ever be So utterly wanting of the power of the 
Holy Ghost as to be a contributor to that dark rec- 
ord. 



PRAY FOR 

THE SUCCESS 
OF THIS 
MOVEMENT! 



From World Dominion we learn 
that a hostel for missionary stu- 
dents is being established, to 
which missionary students who 
are enroute to French colonial 
possessions, may go and become adequately ac- 
quainted with the French language, the French co- 
lonial policy, and, in general, with the French view- 
point of things. A Bureau of Missionary Information 
has already been formed. 

"DOING This office has just received an Ex- 

WITHOUT press Money Order accompanied by the 

FUND" following letter: "Enclosed you will 
find a money order for $10.00 to be 
used for the work in Africa. This money is from 
the Doing-Without Fund of our Junior C. E. chil- 
dren, (Third Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa.) 
which was started a year ago. The children have 
done without things in order to help in the Lord's 
work. We would like the money to be used for the 
hospital work among the children with leprosy. Miss 
Myers had such an interesting story in the Decem- 
ber 'Outlook' about them." 

This is a new name for a fund, but what a fine one 
it is! If a "Doing-Without Fund" were established 
by every Christian home in the world, for the pur- 
pose of sending the Gospel out to those who have 
never heard the story of redeeming love, the world 
would be evangelized easily within our generation. 
It is nearly twenty centuries since the Master gave 
His command, "Go ye into all the world, and preach 
the Gospel to every creature"; and yet, we are re- 
liably informed that two-thirds of the human race 
are still without the saving message. The failure to 
give the story of eternal life to those who know it 
not, is the crime of the church. God bless the "Do- 
ing-Without Fund" of the Third Brethren Church of 
Philadelphia! May they have set an example not 
only for every Christian Endeavor Society, but for 
every church and Sunday School in our beloved 
Brotherhood. Surely, precious will be their gifts in 
the day when the Master shall appear to "reward 
every man according as his work shall be!" 



THE KING IS DEAD 

The world has been startled by the death of one 
of the very few remaining kings of the earth. Death 
finally visits all dwellings from the palace to the 
shack. The careful observer will see more in this 
event than simply the death of a king. It is the 
passing of a conservative. 

The Prince of Wales, who has recently become the 
king does not have an outstanding reputation as a 
conservative. Perhaps he will fit in better with the 
trend of the governments of the earth. 

It is said that daily the fcing and queen have had 
the Word of God read in the Palace. It is said also 
that the king and queen have shown through the 



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years a pronounced sympathy with the things ol 
the spiritual life. Whether or not these things wil 
continue remains to bo seen. — C. W. M. 

CHARACTER OF RULERS 

General observation will reveal to anyone the 
fact that the rulers of the nations are giving less 
and less thought to the truths of Christianity. Christ 
is still allowed by some a place among the teachers 
of the world, but as for His position as the Son ol 
God, and rightful King of the earth. He is ignored 

Governments are changing. It is not evolution 
either. It is revolution! Calvin Coolidge is reported 
to have said in the last days of his life, "I do not 
belong to this age." He saw the uncertainty and 
trends of the governments of the earth. He saw 
the shifts of emphasis, methods and ideals in gov- 
ernment. He saw international movements set for 
the ruin of what the American people have held dear 
and sacred. Looking at these things close at hand, 
he could prognosticate a future with a fair degree 
of accuracy. There is another, the rightful king of 
the earth, our Lord and Savior who has forecast 
the future of the nations with infinite precision. 

Furthermore, He lives to execute His own fore 
cast. The news will never be flashed forth that this 
King is dead. "I am he that liveth, and was dead; 
and, behold, I am alive for evermore." (Rev. 1:18) 

— C. W. M. 



Editorial Notes and News 



YOU SHOULD of course have Dr. Bauman's prophetic! 
articles which appear in the fourth issue of each month of 
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One article is worth more than that! 

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Ohio. 

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Alva J. McClain is being used as a text book. This is a 
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scribers; ten weeks for only 25c. 

BOOK FREE — You may secure the book, "Romance of a 
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BROTHER J. L. BOWMAN is seriously ill in the Memor- 
ial Hospital at Johnstown, Pa. Sickness came suddenly while 
enroute to Johnstown from Linwood, Md. After one week in 
the hospital his condition shows some improvement The 
prayers of the Brotherhood are requested in his behilf. 

WE DESIRE to share the following vfry interesting letter 
with our readers: "I am enclosing $2.00 for cur subscription 
to the Brethren Evangelist, (Renewal). We are entitled to 
the three allowances but the Evangelist is well worth the 
subscription price and we do not ask for any reduction. 
Yours truly,— H. J. S." 




Is the Medical Mission Justifiable? 

By Dr. Florence N. Gribble 
Medical Missionary, Mission Oubangui-Chari, Africa 

(Reprinted from The Missionary Review of The World). 




If John 3:16 is justly and properly considered the 
world's Golden Text, then I John 3:16 may be con- 
sidered the Golden Text of the Church. "Hereby 
know we love, because He laid down His life for us, 
and we ought to lay down our lives for the breth- 
ren." As missionaries may we not consider the 
brethren as those for whom Christ died, those whom 
we seek to save, those who would become his breth- 
ren if they only had a chance? If so, what an il- 
luminating ray to the man or the woman called to be 
a medical missionary is to be found in the 17th 
verse. 

"But whoso hath this world's goods and behold- 



tites and stalagmites of filth and soot. Be seated 
quickly, or rather stoop down, for you may not find 
therein a stool or even a mat, and smoke rises. Your 
face is bathed in tears, caused not alone by the dim 
picture of misery, but by the volumes of smoke 
which have no other exit except the interstices in 
the grass which forms the roof of the hut. There 
you see your brother in need. He is dressed in an 
old blanket. His wife wears only the skins of ani- 
mals. Layer upon layer of filth are mixed with in- 
effectual daubs of red ochre and castor oil — ^not 
only on their skins and in their hair — but on their 
meagre clothing as well. The light is too dim to 



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eth his brother in need and shutteth up his com- 
passion from him, how doth the love of God abide in 
Him?" 

Who can imagine the extent of the heathen's 
need ? Who can fathom the depth of his extremity ? 
None who has not seen with his own eyes, and per- 
haps not even he! 

For now nearly twenty years a pioneer medical 
missionary in various parts of Africa, perhaps no 
physical need has made upon my heart a more pro- 
found impression than the unspeakable filth and 
squalor in which the heathen native lives. Crawl 
with me on your hands and knees through the low 
aperture which forms the only door into the hut of 
the East African Mukikuyu. See there the stalac- 



see the abounding vermin, the well-known carriers of 
disease. A sick child or two may be lying close to 
the fire upon the filthy floor. Happy is the mission- 
ary whose profession is medicine. No other to the 
same degree can have in that little hut such an ef- 
fective stepping stone to the Gospel. 

Happy is the medical missionary who has a simple 
but sanitary hospital to which with the parents' per- 
mission he may remove the sick children until they 
shall have been restored to health. Happier yet is 
he when with simple faith those children accept the 
Lord Jesus, daily preached in the wards, on the ver- 
anda, or in the Chapel. And happiest perhaps of all 
is he when the children carry thei story of Jesus to 
their parents, when they too accept and when 



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cleansed hearts beat in clean bodies in that hut into 
which the Sun of righteousness has at last shone, — 
through the medium of medical missions. 

That sick man, woman, or child whom we remove 
from the hut to the hospital may have any one of a 
variety of diseases. Perhaps we find liver and 
spleen enormously enlarged, limbs emaciated, vital 
processes arrested, death imminent. And then must 
come out of its case that expensive instrument the 
microscope. "What a waste !" perhaps some one will 
say. "Better far to put our money into the direct 
preaching of the gospel!" But the medical mission- 
ary remembering that the Lord said, "As ye teach, 
heal," works serenely on. No, it is not malaria. 
There are no Plasmodia. What are these? The 
Leishman Donavan bodies! And so he knows the 
child has kala-azar, he knows that had it remained 
in the vermin infected hut, whole villages could 
have succumbed to the deadly epidemic, carried 
from patient to patient by these very vermin. He 
knows, too, that 96% of these cases untreated 
would have died. And he knows, too, because that 
costly instrument the microscope revealed it to him, 
that the child must have not quinine for malaria, as 
would have been administered by a superficial okew- 
er, but antimonium for kala-azar. And so the vil- 
lages are saved. To what purpose? To hear the 
gospel from the lips of the doctor, his colleague or 
both. 

But perhaps as always happens in the beginning 
of the life of a station, the doctor has no hospital. 
Then he cares for his patients as best he can, some- 
times obliged to leave them in the native village in 
spite of teeming vermin and rapidly spreading in- 
fection. Sometimes he brings them to the station, 
where in hastily improvised hut, in the kindly prof- 
fered home of a native Christian, or on his own ver- 
anda, the patients are cared for. But the hastily 
improvised hut may be inadequate protection. The 
kindly proffered home of the native Christian ex- 
poses himself and family to infection which may be 
virulent and even fatal. And the veranda method 
gives the doctor endless care, his wife or co-work- 
ers sleepless nights, and exposes his children to di- 
sease. The missionary's child, like an exotic plant, 
often succumbs in the tropics to diseases to which 
the native children show a marvelous resistance. 
And so, when there is no hospital, the effort to care 
for a patient on the station may result, according to 
the method used, in the loss of the patient, and con- 
sequent reflections upon the work ; in the loss of the 
life of a valuable native worker, or even in the death 
of a member of the missionary's family. 

But perhaps the work has progressed sufficiently 
so that the doctor no longer labors without a hos- 
pital, simply without proper equipment. He has 
perhaps no microscope. Missionary doctors are as 
human and fallible as the rest of mankind, and there 



are many cases which the physician in the tropics 
meets for the first time, not in a Chicago clinic as 
a medical student, but in his own dispensary. And 
so he makes a mistake in diagnosis. With similar 
symptoms as to splenic and hepatic enlargement, he 
overlooks the swelling of the feet, or some other 
symptom which might have aided him even in the 
absence of the microscope. He doses his first kala- 
azar patient with quinine and tenderly protects him 
from further malarial infection, and from the dan- 
ger of infecting others, with a mosquito net. The 
mosquito net does no harm, but the quinine does 
no good, and his patient dies. He may still continue 




Miss Bickel, one of our trained nurses 
on the African Field, has just finished 
treating and bandaging this little patient. 
Many times, our nurses must do the work 
of a doctor. 

to think he has had one more "stubborn" case of 
malaria! But if he be a real student, not only of 
medicines, but of efficient service, and especially if 
he be dependent in true humility on God's guidance 
and direction, he will soon discover his mistake. His 
succeeding similar cases will be properly diagnosed, 
and he will experience the fulfillment of that prom- 
ise oftimes so precious to the medical missionary. 
"Tho' he fall he shall not be utterly cast down, for 
the Lord upholdeth him with His hand." Yet he is 
sad at times in those sleepless hours, which come 
especially in the tropics, for he has lost a life that 
he might have saved. And because God is faithful, 
and his Board generous, or kind friends are chari- 
table he at last receives his microscope and is there- 



Fehnwbry 1, 1936. 



by wonderfully aided in the diagnosis of initial cas- 
es or of difficult ones. 

But, perhaps, and this is sadder still, he may have 
a hospital, he may have all needed equipment, but 
he lacks nurses and other trained assistants. And 
so his time is consumed with complications which 
could and should be shared by others competent to 
share them. He has, for example, the responsibility 
not only of the operation but of the anaesthetic it- 
self, altho' the latter may be administered by other, 
tho' untrained hands. Or the ordeal safely over and 
the patient cared for and supposedly resting he may 
be called up in the night by the kindly co-worker 
who has offered to give him a few hours sleep — 
called, but, alas, too late! The patient has suc- 
cumbed to a complication which the untrained col- 
league — untrained we mean in medicine, — failed to 
recognize in its incipiency. 

If you could come into our churches in this dark 
and heathen land, we might say to you as the con- 
gregation files slowly out, "Do you see that man 
there? He had sleeping sickness in its worst form. 
He was a focus of infection and doomed to a linger- 
ing death. But God has blessed the administration 
of try-parsamid and he is healed." And then as you 
walk with us to the study, or come home with us to 
lunch, we might perhaps tell you the story of B., a 
former polygamist who gave his heart to Jesus 
Christ, and who passed that great test of regener- 
ation in our midst, in the surrender of his super- 
numerary wives. And yet after his conversion and 
baptism, there clung to him that dread disease syph- 
ilis. We might tell you how he grew worse in spite 
of potassium iodide and mercury — in those early 
days when we had neither hospital, nor nurse, nor 
satisfactory equipment. And then one day the long 
ordered Neosalvarsum arrived. And we went to him 
in fear and trembling in his little hut. We had him 
carried out, for he could neither walk, nor turn his 
body, nor even his head. We scarcely knew where 
to insert the needle, for pus seemed oozing from ev- 
ery pore. And then, praying God to help — or to 
forgive — oh, how humble we oftimes are in ex- 
tremity — we gave him one half a dose. And the 
next morning returning from an emergency case, we 
were asked by a colleague if we had seen B. "No," 
but we are going to at once," we respond breathless- 
ly, not waiting to inquire, but believing the end to be 
not far away. "But wait," replied our fellow miss- 
ionary, "B was here to see you during your ab- 
sence. He walked all the way. He feels so well, and 
is so happy, praising God for this wonderful deliver- 
ance." We sink into a chair. The reaction is more 
than we can bear. Surely God has worked wonder- 
ously in our midst ! 

Or, if you were interested in fractures, we might 
tell you of our first fracture case years ago when we 
were young ! Kihika, under treatment, for a tuber- 
cular limb, nevertheless working in his garden, fell 



and fractured his femur. We had no hospital, we 
had no nurse, no trained assistant of any kind, but 
the assistant treasurer of the mission knelt on the 
ground beside the recumbent man to administer the 
chloroform and the inexperienced, unaided doctor, 
reduced the fracture and applied the splints. In 
those days a man with a broken bone in that tribe 
vv^as considered hopeless. But we could not be con- 
vinced that it would be to the glory of God for Ki- 
hika to die. How we prayed, how we worked, how 
we massaged! What consultations with our books, 
what inaugurations of anti-tubercular methods and 
treatments! And, Oh, what joy when Kihika walk- 
ed, when the fracture not only was healed, but the 
last vestige of tuberculosis had disappeared. But the 
healing was not all, the joy was not all. There fol- 
lowed that rapid establishment of confidence so 
familiar to the medical missionary after a hard but 
successful fight with disease, confident not only in 
the mission but in the gospel as well. 

Has it ever occurred to you what a wonderful 
boon and seeming magic is chloroform in a heathen 
land? "Give me some of that medicine in my nose," 
said a patient in the Yaloke hospital the other day, 
"and you may cut me open and see what is the mat- 
ter with me!" But when he was assured by his 
nurses that we fully understood his case, that his 
progress under treatment was steady, though slow, 
he was content without an exploratory operation! 

Perhaps some of our readers are demanding to 
know whether the day of miracles is past. No, we 
believe not, and there may be those who are called 
upon to exercise the gift of healing in a miraculous 
way. As for me, I believe God heals every patient 
cured in our work. Is He the Creator and dependent 
upon means you ask ? No, but who can deny Him the 
use of the means He has Himself created? Who es- 
pecially can turn a deaf ear to the tender call to b^ 
a medical missionary? Rather, happy is he who is 
privileged to be so called. 

What miracle could have brought more glory to 
His name than the following answer to prayer? We 
went to preach one morning in Jougous village. The 
crowd was great around the fire. Several accepted 
the Lord Jesus. As we were about to depart before 
the crowd had fully dispersed our attention was 
called to a man lying by the fireside and hitherto 
hidden by the crowd. He was a hideous mass of 
filth intermingled with recent burns. The chief told 
his story. The night before he had left his hut, and 
presumably in a fit of epilepsy had fallen in the fire, 
where he remained unconscious until morning. Deep 
burns were on the face, the side, the chest, the 
thigh, but they were nothing compared to the arm 
which below the elbow was a charred mass. We 
brought him to the station. We had then no hospital, 
no nurse, no trained assistants and but little equip- 
ment. To make matters worse our surgical instru- 
ments had been burned in a recent fire and had not 



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been replaced. All wounds but the arm healed with- 
out surgical interference. We decided to disarticul- 
ate the arm at the elbow joint feeling it was all we 
could do with our meagre ■ equipment and without 
proper instruments. We broke our plan gently to the 
patient. He refused. We waited and prayed for his 
consent. It came Sunday morning while we were at 
the breakfast table. "Mesengaili," whispered our 
table boy who was also our medical helper, "wants 
his arm off." We prepared as well as we could for 
the operation. There was only one other missionary 
on the station besides myself. She consented to try 
to give the anesthetic. The operation was per- 
formed on the veranda of the dwelling house, on a 
native made table with a hunting knife and a carpen- 
ter's saw, for now, alas, it was too late to disarti- 
culate. My assistant fainted. The natives stood out- 
side with cries and groans of "He will die" — "He will 
never wake up." "Alas, Alas!" The story is a long 
one, but finally the ordeal was over, the operation 
finished, and though in a native hut and subject to 
accidents and infection, the patient lived and made 
a perfect recovery. Nobody had ever lived in all 
this tribe before through such an accident. No one 
had ever heard of an amputation. But few had heard 
of chloroform. But Mesengaili gives his simple testi- 
mony — "They put me to sleep. They took off my 
dead arm. I am well again." To the native it is more 
wonderful and produces greater confidence in his 
mind than a perfect restoration would have done. 

At Mahagi in the Belgian Congo the peculiar con- 
tour of the land and the confluence of land and wat- 
er produce a region peculiarly susceptible to thunder 
storms. Lightning often strikes a native hut, and 
men, women and children are often killed. Sometimes 
however, they are only stunned, and alas, burned 
alive. One night a little Christian boy living in one 
such village came to the doctor during the storm. "A 
man has just been struck by lightning," he said. "I 
don't know whether or not he is dead, but they are 
going to bury him. Even now they are purposing 
to offer the red rooster," (as a propitiation for his 
sins). The doctor went in all haste. The man yet 
lived, though unconscious. In time he would revive, 
but words were useless. They laughed at the very 
suggestion of life. Quick as thought, for they were 
completing their preparations for his immediate 
burial, the doctor drew from her case her hypoder- 
mic. A quick injection, a speedy response! The man 
moved slightly, then stirred perceptibly and at last 
sat up. One more premature burial was interrupted. 
One more step toward winning confidence in that 
difficult field had been taken. For a time the doctor 
was even supposed to have raised him from the dead. 
But this was soon overcome, for it was found that 
when a man was really dead, he was not so easily re- 
vived. 

Or perhaps the medical missionary is permitted 
to enter a hut where a child is being bom. We shall 



never forget our first such experience in Africa. A 
woman who had been in labour four days was un- 
able to deliver her child. At last the obdurate hus- 
band was persuaded to send for the missionary doc- 
tor. A fellow missionary accompanied us to admin- 
ister chloroform. There was no time to be lost and 
fifteen minutes after the doctor entered the hut 
the child was delivered with forceps. There were 
cries of "God, 'tis God," throughout the village. Then 
we preached Christ unto them, Christ, whose we 
are, and whom we serve. It was the beginning of a 
turning to Him in that obdurate village. 

All arpund us in our present field we have the 
leper. He is sometimes helpless, often deformed, but 
frequently curable. With treatment we may mani- 
fest the love of God, we may cure the body, and we 
may have the joy of Christ's being preached, not 
only to, but often by the leper. Without treatment, 
we pass by like the Levites — on the other side. Christ 
is hidden, the poor human bodies continue to be 
mutilated and destroyed by the ravages of the dis- 
ease, and contagion is rapidly spread. 

Only last week an infected village was successfully 
treated for yaws. Confidence is thus inspired, and 
souls saved by the preaching of the Gospel, which 
always precedes or accompanies our treatments. 

Without such treatment souls would be lost be- 
cause, being unlovely and unloved, the "Son of God 
is not manifested unto them" and "the works of 
the devil are therefore not destroyed in their midst." 

Perhaps no department of our work better reveals 
by contrast the powerlessness of the Catholicism 
which all around opposes us than the medical work. 
For here in Africa the Catholics have no doctors, 
no nurses, no hospitals. And so not only through the 
medical work may we have an open door to the un- 
godly native, or to the superficial adherent of Cath- 
olicism, but to ungodly white men as well. For they 
will watch our work and in their turn seek the min- 
istry of healing, knowing that they must submit to 
the inevitable, and have Christ preached unto them. 

But if our ministry be blessed to the ungodly 
white man, how much more to our fellow missionary ! 
For our missionaries suffer from native diseases, — 
they are burned by the tropical sun, they know the 
anguish of African malaria, and thank God they 
know to some slight extent the mitigating influences 
of scientific healing. Our missionaries' children are 
born oftimes under circumstances pecularily try- 
ing. Happy is the medical missionary or the nurse 
privileged to minister to some dear missionary moth- 
er in her hour, of need. 

Nor is the medical missionary himself immune 
from disease. But, alas, the medical missionary is so 
isolated that when ill he either prescribes for him- 
self, or goes unprescribed for. He serves others, he 
ministers to others, to himself he cannot minister. 
In a peculiar way he walks with God trusting for 
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Power In The Blood 



By Miss Johanna Nielsen 
On Furlough From Argentina 



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MISS JOHANNA NIELSEN 



Juan Varetto, the w e 1 1 - 
known evangelist of Argen- 
tina, who has held services 
several times for our missions 
in Argentina, loves to tell this, 
one of the most outstanding 
instances, in his experience, of 
the cleansing power of the 
Gospel. He gives it in his 
book, "El Picoy La Trulla." 
Miguel Vallespie was a native of Tarragon, Spain, 
who when about 40 years of age, moved to a town 
on the French border, and there made advances to 
a young widow. Being rejected as suitor, he at- 
tempted to take the lives of the woman and a rival 
suitor, and thought he had succeeded, and fled to 
Africa. After some months he received word that 
they were alive, and his criminal instincts awoke. 
He returned to France, killed the woman and wound- 
ed a man whom he mistakenly believed to be the 
rival he sought. 

Again he managed to escape the police, and this 
jtime went to Rosario, Argentina. Meanwhile, be- 
cause of the contumacious and premeditated nature 
of his crime, the court of Assizes of Carcaaona pass- 
ed the sentence of death upon him, even though he 
was absent. 

In Rosario no one knew of his crime. Materially, 
he was doing very well. One evening he passed the 
church where Varetto was preaching. He entered, 
liked what he heard, and became a frequent attend- 
ant. Then the magnitude of his sin began to grow 
upon him. He had escaped human justice. Could he 
escape divine justice? Could such as he be saved? 
Was there grace sufficient for even him ? The Gospel 
gave him an emphatically affirmative answer, and 
truly repentant, he accepted the Lord as Saviour, 
and found His words, "Him that cometh to me I will 
in no wise cast out," to be indeed true. 

One evening after the service, he asked to speak 
to Sr. Varetto on important business. Between 
sobs, he told his bloody story. But, he also told of 
his determination to go to France, and accept the 
sentence that had been pronounced; not to expiate 
his sin, which he felt was completely done on Cal- 
vary ; nor in order to receive God's pardon, for that, 
he believed, was his through faith in Christ ; but he 
could not live his new life with hidden sin. Only 



by open confession could he testify to his faith and 
the regenerating power of the Lord Jesus. He had 
already arranged his business affairs, and bouglit 
his passage. 

The day of departure arrived. With tears stream- 
ing down his cheeks, he said to Varetto, "Good-bye 
. . . We shall never see each other again in this 
world, for I go to death ; but we shall see each other 
in heaven, because I know the blood of Jesus Christ 
has cleansed me from all sin." 

He crossed the Atlantic, and reached Carcasona. 
His first visit was to the pastor there ; the next was 
to the hall of justice. To the judge he said, "I am 
Miguel Vallespi, and have come from America to re- 
ceive the punishment I deserve." The listeners 
thought at first that it was a mad man, but soon 
realized that this was a calm, sane man, follow- 
ing a conscience guided by faith. 

They were perplexed and disconcerted. He was 
taken to prison until the strange case could be con- 
sidered. There he gave serene, joyous testimony to 
those who visited him, and led several to Christ. To 
newspapermen, who came from everywhere to see 
him, he told how great things the Lord had done 
for him. The news spread like wildfire, and was the 
one topic of conversation. Neighbors recalled the 
circumstances of the tragedy that happened sixteen 
years before. It was even taken up by city dailies 
in other parts of the world. 

Being such an unusual case, a new trial was ar- 
ranged for, and on that day, a multitude filled the 
court room. He had been given an attorney to 
plead his defense, but his instructions were 
simply, to tell the truth, for he had not returned to 
defend, but to accuse himself. "Le Matin" reported 
his confession : "I wish to be punished. The religion 
of Jesus Christ impels me to do this. My life of 
crime and misery is over. But, what is this life 
compared with eternity? I want to stand before 
God blameless!" 

Vallespi was acquitted in the midst of applause. 
Said Mr. Jean de Thau in 'Bonne Revue': "Judicial- 
ly he should be condemned, but the Judge of Car- 
casano understood that before him stood not the 
same man, not the brute of former days, slave of 
his passions, but a Christian, a real one . . . and 
he was acquitted." 

(Continued cm page 10) 




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DISCERNMENT 

By Leona D. Cole, Long Beach, Calif. 

(This poem was written after listening to two sermons on 

December twenty-two, nineteen thirty-five. One preacher 

told of the birth of the one who came to show men the way 

of life. The other, of the Incarnate God, who came to give 

men life. — L. C.) 



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I saw two vessels come and go, 

While listening to the radio. 

Two phantom ships passed in review, 

One ship was false, the other true. 

One's gossamer sails were like the spume, 
The network of a spider's loom. 
A modernistic phantasy, 
Designed by Cain's posterity. 

It graced the water like a swan, 

A winged serpent led it on. 

Around it's hull, a cultured frieze, 

Depicted carnal deities. 

Exponants of philosophism, 
Were met to air their latest Ism. 
I heard a smooth-tongued denizen 
Eulogize the works of men. 

Then guiltless bosoms rose with pride, 

The old-time faith they all decried. 

Beneath the hatch, on hearing this 

Their mascot bared his fangs to hiss. 
Quite all unmindful of their doom, 
They sat there in the lowering gloom. 
The Holy Writ they trimmed with haste. 
To suit materialistic taste. 

I turned the dial, it seemed the room 

Was heavy with a deadly fume. 

The kind, that does so gently steep 

The eyes of men, in hellish sleep. 
Again I caught the ether wing ; 
And like the sweet, fresh air of spring. 
The Gospel Ship went sweeping by 
Her emblem floating to the sky. 

I watched the gusty head wind toss 

The age-old banner of the cross. 

Her billowed sails met my gaze 

Like sun-set clouds when all ablaze. 

A song was flung across the earth. 
It told about the second birth. 
That Glory Ship became a fleet. 
Empowered by the Paraclete. 

Across the ocean's swelling arch. 

Like men-of-war I watched her march, 

Knowmg full well the rock and reef ; 

And ebbing shoals of unbelief. 

Above the ocean's open grave. 
She stemmed the tide, with power to save, 
And shipwrecked souls caught in the flood. 
Found life beneath the sheltering blood. 



Dark, leering demons, 'round the brink. 
Tried this "Invincible" to sink. 
Bright, wicked spirits tried to force 
The Fleet of Ages from her course. 
But on she went, across the main. 
The Lord of Hosts rode in her train. 
A battle fleet in grand array. 
His strength and glory on display. 
A darkened dial — and o'er the place 
There crept the light of heavenly grace. 
And then, there came from out the skies. 
Time-honoured FAITH, with knowing eyes. 



(Continued from, page 9) 



He made two visits to Rosario, where the Christ- 
ian people gave him a warm welcome, but he made 
his home in France, where he continued to give a 
good testimony of the faith, to the day of his death, 
Feb. 20, 1933. "There is Power in the Blood." 



"I have looked the whole planet over, and 
I see no man but Jesus only who is able to 
take away the sin of the world. I have sat 
at the feet of the world's crowned religious 
leaders, and I have seen all the great re- 
ligions in their homes, and I now know that 
it is Christ or nobody. He has no competitor 
in the field. No one else has the slightest 
chance of winning the homage of the entire 
human race. More and more He is to me what 
He was to Saul of Tarsus — 'the image of the 
invisible God.' More and more He is to me 
what He was to John the Beloved — 'God 
made manifest in the flesh.' More and more 
He is to me what He Himself claimed to be, 
the eternal Son of the loving God. To know 
Him is indeed life eternal. To work with 
Him in establishing on this earth the king- 
dom of righteousness and peace and joy, this 
is what makes my life more and more worth 
living." — Rev. Charles E. Jefferson, D. D. 



February 1, 1936. 



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PRESENTING THE GOSPEL TO 
A PRIMITIVE PEOPLE 

Mary Cooper 
(From World Dominion) 




'I must preach and preach and preach, 
No matter how late the hour or how 
long the day . . . . ' 

The above expresses more or less the 
spirit in which missionaries go to their 
field of labour in Africa, India, China, 
or the Islands of the Sea. Blessed are 
the young missionaries who keep this 
spirit from the day they reach their 
land of heart's desire to the day they 
return on. leave! Thrice blessed the old- 
er missionaries who, after many years 
of experience among the people of 
their adoption, having passed through 
the vicissitudes of life on a mission 
station still retain this spirit, not set- 
tling down on their lees, but giving 
themselves no peace until every soul in 
their districts has heard the joyful 
sound that Jesus saves. 

But it is not only preaching by word 
of mouth that is most effective for 
good. There have been cases where 
months of preaching have been undone 
by one act of race prejudice, or one 
fit of temper, or an indifferent atti- 
tude in a critical situation. Whereas a 
spirit of love and forgiveness, a readi- 
ness to hear and to sympathize, an 
understanding knowledge of tribal 
customs with respect for the people's 
laws and personalities, have broken 
down many a barrier to the Gospel, 
thus opening ears to hear and hearts 
to receive the message that Jesus 
saves. Yes, we are apt to forget that 
we do preach even when we say noth- 
ing. 

Well, then, given a couple of young 
missionaries going to Africa for the 
' first time; given a burning desire, bom 
j of the Holy Spirit, to 'preach and 
I preach and preach'; given a primitive 
i people worshipping idols with all the 
paraphernalia of heathendom; bring 
these together and let the couple be- 
gin. 

They have the whole inspired Bible 
in their hands. They believe it to be 
the Word of the living God, at whose 
command they are amongst these prim- 
itive folk, and who says daily, 'Lo, I 
am with you all the days.' It is an in- 
exhaustible storehouse, a river of life 
that will never run dry, a mine from 
which they can never hope to dig the 
last remaining treasure. They love it 
and live by it. Moreover, they have only 
one message — Jesus, the centre and 
:| glory of the Book. Jesus who died and 
ij who lives, mighty to save. Yet the 
|, trouble is, how best to present that 
message to their heathen audience that 
the point of contact will be so clearly 
seen as to be readily understood by all. 



This is just the position my husband 
and I were in when we first went to 
Nigeria, British West Africa (1908 and 
1909). The Sudan United Mission was 
in its infancy, and we were more or less 

new to the work Missionary 

biographies thrilled and inspired us, but 
they did not show us how best to pre- 
sent the Gospel. 

We knew how ignorant we were, and 
we also knew that our extremity was 
God's opportunity. Putting ourselves 
daily into the care of God's Holy Spir- 
it, we believe He led us aright, re- 
vealing to us the way He would have 
us go, one step at a time. Preach ? Was 
not that what God had sent us to do? 
Was there a gathering of the people? 
We were there. A mamage ? A dance ? 
A funeral? These provided us with 
grand opportunities. Wet season as well 
as dry season and moonlight nights 
found us out on pilgrimages of preach- 
ing. 

Early in our experience God re- 
vealed to us that in presenting the 
Gospel to a primitive people for the 
first time we could not be too simple. 
With all our generations of Christian- 
ity, with Christian homes and Christian 
training from infancy, we missionaries 
are apt to forget that the primitive 
African has not had these advantages, 
and that the very simplest truth may 
be a great revelation to him. 

For example, one night during our 
first tour at Langtang amongst our 
Yergum folk, we were preaching in a 
village. My husband said in his address 
that God never sleeps. The headman, 
who was present, began to look rather 
perplexed, and he sat muttering to 
himself the remainder of the service. 
These were the days when we were not 
over sure of our personal safety 
amongst these wild folk, and it did not 
look too promising to see a headman 
sitting muttering while the white man 
was speaking. On finishing, the preach- 
er asked the man if he wanted to say 
anything, to which he replied, 'Was it 
really true that God never sleeps?' 
When assured that this was the case, 
he kept repeating in a voice of awe and 
wonder, 'God never sleeps.' Think oi 
all the man's inherited fear of evil 
spirits, and his idea of God as one who 
cared nothing for him! What a revela- 
tion to him of a loving Father God 
who never sleeps by night nor by day, 
but is ever vigilant to guard and pro- 
tect! That man has been a Christian 
for a number of years. 

As we ^ot to know more of the his- 
tory of the tribe and the people's man- 
ners and customs, we found we had ex- 



cellent points of contact. They were a 
hill people. They knew what it meant 
to hide in dens and caves on the hill- 
sides from raiders, hence the 121st 
Psalm never failed to gain their at- 
tention. Later, to hear them singing 
that Psalm in their own tongue to 
'French' sent a thrill down the spine of 
one brought up in the Church of Scot- 
land. 

They were a farming people. 'A sow- 
er went forth to sow,' gripped them. 
They knew it all so well from experi- 
ence, the hard ground yielding nothing, 
as well as the good soil bearing bump- 
er crops. Galatians 6 :7-8, kept the con- 
gregation spell-bound as the preacher 
unfolded that scripture in all its light 
and shade, till the Holy Spirit warned 
them of things to come. The parable 
of the tares greatly interested them. 
By the look on their faces one was 
left in no doubt as to the fate of that 
enemy if they once laid their hands 
on him. Then scowls gave place to 
cynical smiles at the utterly ridiculous 
idea of any sane person gathering 
tares and carrying them home to the 
granary. Tares were only fit for fire. 

They were a people who kept flocks. 
There never was a man in any audience 
who, as a boy, had not tended the 
sheep and goats, and surely there nev- 
er was a perfect flock without one 
sheep being lost. There was a never- 
ending point of contact, from Abel on- 
wards through the Old Testament to 
Jesus who said, 'I am the Good Shep- 
herd.' 

They were a people who offered sac- 
rifices. What better point of contact 
could any missionary have? Is not the 
Bible full of sacrifice from Genesis to 
the great culminating sacrifice of 
Christ on the Cross ? What innumerable 
opportunities of pointing to the Lamb 
of God that taketh away the sin of the 
world! 

They had just one opening into their 
home, and native etiquette demanded 
that all should enter by the one open- 
ing. There was no need to tell them 
that a person climbing up another way 
was a thief and a robber. Many a man 
had forfeited his life that way. 'I am 
the door,' said Jesus. Moreover, both 
sides of that opening and the top were 
daubed with 'medicine' to ward off evil 
spirits. 'When I see the blood I will 
pass over you.' 

They knew truth and lies, good and 
evil, right and wrong, things clean 
and unclean. We took what they knew 
and linked it on to the chariot of the 
Gospel. We respected their beliefs. We 
never laughed at or pooh-poohed any 
of the stories they told us of the feats 
which their idols could accomplish. We 
made friends of the old men and the 
old women in the tribe, consulted them 
on our problems and got their advice 
and confidence. We preached a 'posi- 
tive' message, so absolutely sure were 
we that God loved them and that Jesus 
died to save them. We were so sure 
also that if they saw Christ in His re- 
demptive love for them and truly ac- 
cepted Him as their own Saviour, the 



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The Brethren Evangelist^ 



Holy Spirit would whisper the "Thou 
shalt nets' in their hearts, and with life 
surging in them, old heathen desires 
and habits would give place to the new 
creation in Christ Jesus, and the fruit 
of the Spirit become evident. 

We proclaimed the Name of Jesus, 
the Son of God, everywhere, to the 
point of our own embarrassment. On 
one occasion long ago I remember ask- 
ing a little boy his name. When he 
answered I asked him my name for I 
had been trying to teach the people my 
name. At once came the reply, 'You 
are Jesus, are you not?' Oh, these 
first converts. How ignorant they were. 
They represented our soul's travail, our 
agony of tears and prayers. We loved 
them and it did hurt us terribly when 
any one spoke disparagingly of them 
and their knowledge, or rather lack of 
knowledge. They gathered as we were 
leaving for furlough, and they asked 
whether our house in England was 
near Jesus' house and whether we 
would see Jesus in our streets. That 
was twenty years ago. They have gone 
a long way and learned much since 
then. Last tour as we entered a com- 
pound in the Montol tribe where our 
first and only previous visit had been 
a year before, the little daughter of 
the house put her arms round her fa- 
ther's neck, saying, 'Daddy, it's Jesus.' 
Thus history repeated itself in the 
new tribe. 

During the furlough alluded to, a 
life-long friend who had spent twenty- 
seven years in the Church of Scotland 
Mission at Calabar was on leave at 
the same time. I had a large number of 
questions relating to the work to ask 
her, heading the list with, 'How best 
can we present the Gospel for the first 
time to a primitive people?' 

In reply she told me of a Sunday 
spent with her friend and colleague, 
that queen of itinerant preachers — the 
great Mary Slessor. From sunrise they 
kept going from village to village in a 
canoe. Miss Slessor preaching, teach- 
ing, exhorting, scolding, comforting in 
her own inimitable way, stopping only 
for their beloved cup of tea. In the 
afternoon they sighted a village where 
Miss Slessor had not preached before. 
As they approached the beach, word 
went around that the great white Ma 
was coming. Men, women and children 
flocked to the riverside until there was 
a great concourse of people awaiting 
their arrival. Miss Slessor stepped out 
of the canoe, and, after saluting the 
people and gaining complete silence, 
she proceeded. Pointing to a woman on 
the edge of the crowd with a baby at 
her breast, Ma asked what the baby 
was doing. 'Drinking it's mother's milk,' 
they answered. 'And suppose the baby 
was taken from its mother's breast and 
not allowed to drink for a long time, 
what would happen?' she asked. 'It 
would die, of course,' was the immed- 
iate reply. 'Well,' said Miss Slessor, 
'that is just where you all are, you are 
away from the breast of God,' and 
then she proclaimed the love of God in 
the face of Jesus Christ, holding the 



people spellbound with her oratory, 
telling the new, old, old story. After 
that inter\aew we thanked God and 
took courage. 

In dealing with women I never lacked 
points of contact. To begin with they 
were afraid, but after a time fear gave 
place to curiosity, and curiosity grad- 
ually blossomed into real friendship and 
love. My own personality was enough 
in those days when they discovered 
that I really was a woman and that 
all that concerned them concerned me. 
There were always babies; there was 
always sickness; there was always 
household work. They had a garden. 
So had I. And the luxuriant growth of 
my tomato plants found its way into 
their gravy pots, making an additional 
relish to their insipid food. The elder 
women could not understand why I did 
not grow my own tobacco. 'Do no 
women smoke in your country?' they 
asked, with a look that needed no in- 
terpretation as they lovingly handled 
their empty pipe. They titivated them- 
selves for special occasions. They win- 
nowed corn. They sat in sorrow and 
wept bitter tears upon the loss of 
children, relatives and friends. All were 
points of contact if one's eyes were 
open and if one had the readiness to 
respond. What a joy to sit with the 
women in after years tiying to lead 
them into all the fulness of God! 

During our many itinerating trips we 
did not 'call' the people to a service, 
we 'invited' them, and we never lacked 
an audience. On entering a native 
market we usually went from stall to 
stall greeting the folk. Then we might 
come to a standstill at, say, a medicine 
stall. My husband would ask the name 
of the different native medicines dis- 
played on the ground for sale inciden- 
tally adding to his vocabulary, and tell- 
ing the vendor that he too had medi- 
cines for eyes, backache, ulcers, and so 
on. Gradually a crowd would gather, 
for the African loves to hear what the 
white man has to say, especially if the 
conversation is kept lively with jokes 
and reminiscences. While the crowd 
was manageable my husband would re- 
fresh his memory with the names of 
the medicines, and casually ask the 
man if he had a medicine for sin. 'A 
medicine for sin!" the man would ejac- 
ulate. 'A medicine for sin,' would be 
passed round the crowd! Thus the 
point of contact having been attained 
and interest aroused, the preacher was 
ready with the Gospel message. 

During these early days we did not 
approach our people with any subject 
of which they knew nothing. For in- 
stance, they were entirely a land peo- 
ple. They knew nothing of the sea, a 
lake, or even a large river. They 
knew very little of fish and fishing and 
they had no word in their language 
for a boat or ship. What was our cha- 
grin on hearing a recruit expatiate for 
an hour on life as a voyage on a 
stormy sea with and without chart and 
compass! Now, in these present days, 
after years of attending school, with 
Christians able to read and take an in- 



telligent interest in the world beyond 
their horizon, part of an audience 
might be able to grasp something of 
the subject. Then, it left the people 
hopelessly mystified, there being no 
point of contact whatever. 

Old Testament stories fascinated our 
audiences, and it was most interesting 
to watch how the people reacted to 
the hearing of some of them. I shall ] 
never forget the first time my husband 
preached from the thirty-seventh chap- 
ter of Ezekiel. They had not heard 
the story before. Watching their fac- 
es, incredulity gave place to astonish- 
ment, astonisliment to fear as bone 
came to bone, and fear to breathless 
terror as there stood up an exceeding 
great army. Neither before nor since 
have I heard such grunts and ejacula- 
tions from all parts of the building as 
the story proceeded from point to 
point. After telling the story in the 
seventh chapter of Judges for the first 
time, a Christian present prayed that 
the Lord would put tnith into the 
heart of the whitewoman that she 
might teach the people the truth. 

We always encourage our people to 
ask questions and to discuss the sub- 
ject with us and with each other. Being 
a verj' litigious people they were not 
backward at the art, in fact, they 
seemed to question ever>-thing. For a 
number of years my husband had a 
men's Bible Class at two o'clock on 
Sunday afternoon, and the sun would 
be sinking in the west ere the last of 
the men left for home. I might write 
about Sunday services and morning 
prayers, but these are out of the range 
of this article. 

There is yet very much land to be 
possessed. Tribes are still sitting in 
darkness and in the shadow of death, 
but thank God young people are still 
responding to the call, 'Whom shall I 
send and who will go for us?' May 
one and all go with the Spirit-born de- 
sire to 'preach and preach and preach,' 
not merely to make an itinerating trip 
now and again or once a year, but con- 
sistently and persistently to keep on at 
it, for the time of the end draweth 
near. 

'And they went forth and preached 
everywhere.' 



GOB CARES 
God cares! 
How siveet the strain! 
My aching heart and iveary brain 
Are rested h>i the sweet refrain — 
He cares, our Father cares! 

God cans! 
Oh, sing the song 
hi lonely spot, amid the thrmig; 
'Twill make tJie way less ha/rd and 
long — 
He cares, our Father cares! 

God cares! 
The words so sweet 
My lips and life shall e'er repeat, 
My burdens all left at His feet — 
He cm^es, our Father cares! 

— Helen Annis Casterline. 



^ehrmry 1, 1936. 



13 



I PRAYER and PRAISE 

From the African Field 



BASSAI STATION, FRENCH 
EQUATORIAL AFRICA 

We indeed have many things to 
iraise and thank the Lord for, but the 
ne outstanding note this month is the 
piritual growth in the lives of our 
ative Christians, both in Karre and 
'arre land. Our hearts do rejoice to see 
lie spirit of God working in the lives 
f these who so long have served the 
vil one, and were bound in sin. May 
ur Heavenly Father continue to pour 
at His blessings upon these people, 
^e praise God for the faithful inter- 
essors at the home base, who daily re- 
lember these needy souls. 

Communion service was held at Bo- 
oum on Sunday, and nineteen were 
aptized. The work at Bozoum is very 
ncouraging. Many who are working at 
lie Post are attending the services at 
he Chapel and reading classes have 
een started for the Sango and Karre 
'ribes. P"ay for Abel, who daily 
reaches and teaches the Word of God. 

We praise the Lord for the large 
umber of boys and girls who are now 
ttending the vernacular classes on 
he Station. The girls are making 
plendid progress in reading and writ- 
ig. We also have several in the In- 
uirers' class who are ready for bap- 
ism. 

Pray for the Chief and his wife at 
'aoua who have recently been bap- 
ized. As far as we know, he is the 
nly Chief that has ever accepted the 
rospel in our territory; and, we know 
e will have many temptations and 
rials. Let us be faithful in prayer for 
im. 

Continue to pray for the sick who 
ome to the hospital for treatments; 
Iso for the lepers who are being 
reated, that their bodies may be heal- 
d and their souls saved. 

Let us pray for the seventy-five 
'rench school hoys who so soon shall 
e left without a teacher, that they may 
emain faithful in serving the Lord 
nd be soul winners for him. 

Pray for the Evangelists at the dif- 
erent chapels and villages; also for 
he men, women and children in the In- 
uirers' classes. 

"Call unto Me, and I will answer 
hee." (Jer. 33:3). 

MRS. ORVILLE D. JOBSON 



I shall live best and work best with 
ly heart fixed in the great belief of 
mmortality. — E. J. Bulgin, 



BELLEVUE STATION, F. E. A. 

Dear Fellow-laborers in Prayer: 

"Blessed be the Lord because He 
hath heard the voice of my supplica- 
tions." What a large part praise should 
have in our worship as day after day 
we come to Him, the Giver of every 
good and perfect gift, and from whose 
hands rich bounties are poured out 
upon us unceasingly. 

We here at Bellevue praise Him, for 
the health and strength that we, as a 
group, enjoy. The time passes so quick- 
ly, for we are all occupied with many 
classes and other duties for His sake. 
Just now Miss Bickel and I are alone 
for awhile, as the Fosters have gone 
to Bossangoa to encourage the Chris- 
tians, examine and baptize converts, 
and share with them in the Love-Feast. 

Rejoice with us in the working of the 
Spirit in that place. Mrs. Foster writes 
that the chapel is filled morning and 
evening, that their Sunday attendance 
is nearly 700 and that there are almost 
400 in the converts' class, awaiting 
baptism. Many Catholics have been 
turning from the Roman church and 
are seeking the truth at the chapeL 

While you are lifting your hearts 
in praise for power manifest at Bossan- 
goa, do not forget that also the Spirit 
is working at many other points. 
Across the river a short distance from 
Bossangoa is our newest work. Our 
converted witch doctor, of whom I re- 
cently wrote, felt definitely led to carry 
the Gospel back to the people among 
whom he was taught the depths of dark- 
ness. He and a catechism teacher are 
working there. 

The Fosters report visiting the work 
this week, that their classes are large 
and well attended, and that they are 
marking a chapel site and sending a 
demand to the government this week. 

Then there is our other new work, 
far, far away at Botangafo (about 100 
miles by bush path and considerably 
farther by auto road), where two 
workers are giving forth the Word to 
huge crowds. The town is reportedly 
very wicked, but we know the Word 
will enter the hearts of the people to 
the conviction of sin. 

At Soumbe chapel where heretofore 
superstition has hindered the work, 
they report about one hundred enquir- 
ers. Attendance at services seems to be 
greater than it has ever been before. 

At Kouki there is new interest shown. 
The people there had been so indiffer- 
ent and our workers none too en- 
thusiastic, and we were almost dis- 



couraged. The natives do not like to go 
there because it is badly infested by 
the tse-tse fly. Our workers finally 
came home and did not desire to re- 
turn. We made it a matter of very def- 
inite prayer for several days, not wish- 
ing to ask a worker to go against his 
will into a disease infested region. God 
did exceedingly abundantly above all 
that we could ask or think (for one 
day, one of the Sunday School teach- 
ers came and offered to go to KoukL 
In talking with him, it was learned that 
as a child he had been a "boy" for a 
Kabba soldier and knew the Kabba 
language. It so happens that Kouki is 
on the edge of Kabba territory and 
probably there is no other man on the 
station as qualified as this man for 
that place. We did not know, but God 
knew His man, and apparently is bless- 
ing him there. He was just in this 
week for a treatment He is a leper 
and comes in for treatment once a 
month. He came in one afternoon and 
started back the next morning, prais- 
ing God for the work that was being 
done, and anxious to get back to it 
again. 

Not only is the Spirit working at the 
fourteen chapel points, but here on the 
station many are coming to the Lord. 
There are nearly 300 in the classes for 
pre-baptism teaching, meeting each 
work-day morning at 7:1.5. The major- 
ity of these people come from the vil- 
lages, as our workmen and the most of 
their wives and many of the children on 
the station, are already baptized con- 
verts. 

We rejoice to see souls coming into 
the Light, and we rejoice also to see 
them becoming intellectually enlight- 
ened as they learn to read the Scrip- 
ture in their own language. Rejoice 
with us for the classes that are held 
day after day for the women, men and 
children as they learn to read the 
Word. This is a large part of the work 
at the chapel points, as well as here on 
the station. We are thankful that we 
have the Word to give them, for we 
know that if it really enters their 
hearts, they may be able to walk truer 
and with less faltering than they do 
now with their imperfect knowledge of 
the truth to fight the inborn dreads, 
sins and superstitions of centuries. 

How much I could say! I wonder if 
the editor agreed to give me a whole 
edition of the Evangelist if I would 
have room for all I'd like to tell you 
people. Oh, that I could make you see 
the wonderful opportunities that God 
has laid at our feet, — we of the Breth- 
ren Church! There are thousands dy- 
ing, dying without the Gospel, needing 
your prayers; needing more missionar- 
ies, needing someone to tell them of 
the way of escape from their life of 
sin and their dread of what lies in the 
shadow of the life beyond. There are 
hundreds now groping to the light, 
proclaiming their faith in the Lord Je- 
sus Christ. But they are so weak. Who 
is to go to Bouca, to Bossangoa, to 
Botangafo, to Kouki, and to our other 



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chapels, and the villages that are ask- 
ing for chapels? We are but four; the 
station duties are heavy. The best we 
can do is to send a native who, at best, 
is still groping himself. What do these 
young Christians feed their flock when 
with them weeks at a time with no 
help from us? We do not know. The 
best we can do is to pray for them, and 
teach them as we can until you send 
us forth more workers. The people need 
us to sit down with them to hear their 
problems, sympathize with them, bring 
them nearer unto Him. But we cannot 
do it all. 

And tills need brings me to that 
prayer request which we as a united 
group are asking above all other things 
these days. Pray for the thrusting forth 
of new workers. We are asking for at 
least fourteen, but we do not limit 
God. Do not get the idea that when 
through your prayers and gifts the 
fourteen are supplied, that we will have 
no further need. Pray for the outstand- 
ing centers for which we are asking 
new missionaries; they are seven in 
number. 

Pray that someone may be called of 
God to come forth as a full-tirye Bible 
teacher, and that some plan may be 
arranged whereby the young evangel- 
ists at all stations may be gathered 
together in a common Bible School. 

Pray that all who are now out in 
service may realize that they have a 
sacred responsibility to God, and not 
merely to us. May they be conscious of 
the fact they are His servants, not 
ours, and that they may at all times 
be faithful. 

Pray especially for the younger un- 
married teachers who are out, that 
their lives and testimonies may be kept 
clean and pure. The devil has emissar- 
ies everywhere to trip up these prom- 
ising young men, and lure them off into 
sin or the lust for higher wages among 
the ungodly. 

Pray for the native Christians, both 
here and out in the villages. May they 
have a deeper respect for the things 
of God and may the fact that they have 
accepted the Lord Jesus Christ be man- 
ifest in their daily life, even in the 
midst of the darkest heathenism. Even 
though the Spirit is working, do not 
forget that we are invading territory 
over which the Prince of Darkness long 
has held undisputed sway. It is not ac- 
cording to his character to relinquish 
territory to his age-old enemy without 
a desperate struggle, and it is only 
through sustained prayer that his 
power over hearts can be broken. 

Pray for us missionaries that God 
will keep us ever well and strong for 
service. May the God of Peace and 
power be with you all. 

MABEL CRAWFORD. 



BRETHREN MISSIONARY DIRECTORY 



Prov. Cordoba, Argentine, 



SOUTH AMERICA 

ADDRESS: 433 Rivadavia. Rio Cuarto, Prov. Cord- 
oba, Argentina. Soutli America. 

Rev. Clar&nce L. SicKel, Supt 

Mrs. Clarence L. Sickel. 

ADDRESS: Almafuerte, 
South America. 

Dr. Charles F. Yoder. 

Mrs. Charles F. Yoder. 

SOUTH AMERICAN NATIONAL PASTORS 

Adolphe Zeche, Rio Cuarto. 

Domingo Reina, Tancacha & Hernando. 

Luis Siccardi, Cabrera. 

Federico Sotola. Laboulaye. 

Riccardo E. Wagner, Bible Coach Worker. 
AFRICA 

ADDRESS: Yaloke, par Boali, par Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, Frencb Equatorial Africa. 

Rev. John W. Hathaway, Supt. 

Mrs. John W. Hathaway. 

Dr. Florence N. Gribble. 

Miss Elizabeth S. Tyson. 

ADDRESS: Bassai, par Bozoum, par Bangui, Ou- 
bangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Rev. Joseph H. Foster. 

Mrs, Joseph H,. Foster. 



Mrs. Orville D. Jobson. 
Miss Estella Myers. 
Miss Grace Byron. 

ADDRESS: Bellevu^, par Bossangoa, par Bangui, Ou- 

bangui-Charl, French Equatorial Africa, 
Rev. Chauncey B. Sheldon, en route to Africa. 
Mrs, Chauncey B. Sheldon, en route to Afrira. 
Miss Florence Bickel. 
Miss Mabel Crawford, 

ADDRESS: Bekoro, par Paoua, par Bozoum, Ouban- 

gui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 
Rev. Curtis G. Morrill. 
Mrs, Curtis G. Morrill. 

MISSIONARIES IN PREPARATION 
Rev. and Mrs. Floyd W. Taber, 23 bis rue de St. 
Cloud, Ghatillon-sous-Bagneux, Seine, France. 

MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH 
Miss Mary E. Emmert, Dallas Center, Iowa. 
Mrs. Wilhelmina Kennedy, R. F. D.. Hatboro, Pa. 
Miss Johanna Nielsen. 1819 Pine Ave., Long Beach, 

Calif, 
Rev. Orville D. Jobson, Ashland, Ohio. 
Mrs. Orville D. Jobson, Ashland, O^io. 



A "Heart of Africa" Daniel 
Scarcely less heartless than the 
story of Daniel's lion's den is this 
situation which confronted a "Heart of 
Africa" mission convert living under a 
cannibal chief. The convert, named 
Zebu, had become an evangelist and 
his abilities were so marked that his 
chief desired him to accept the head- 
ship of a subordinate tribe. This he 
declined, regarding it a greater privil- 
ege to preach the Gospel. Living near 
his superior, his praying angered the 
head chief because he held that his 
prayers broke the spell of vritchcraft 
ceremonies; so the chief declared, "I'll 
thrash it out of him." Native flogging 
is on this wise. The victim is laid on 
the ground, face downward, and one 
man holds his hands and a second his 
feet while the cruel hippo throng de- 
scends on the quivering back. Zebu 
asked one favor, that hands and 
feet might be free. "We'll see," said 
the chief grimly. "It depends on wheth- 
er or not you can keep still." He lay 
unmoving to receive the stroke, but in 
the pause that is customary after each 
lash he rose to his feet and cried: 
"Hallelujah! I accept it for Jesus' 
sake," and then he lay down again. 
— Missionary Review of The World. 



"HAVE YOU EVER seen a woman 
Bible School teacher, Bible or prayer- 
book in one hand and a cigarette in the 
other?" 



HE "MISSED IT!" 

THE STEAMER was only a few 
feet from the quay when there was a 
sudden commotion, and a man came 
running madly from the dock gates, 
shouting to the officials to wait a mo- 
ment. 

Without pausing in his stride, he 
flung his bag on the boat, took a des- 
perate leap, and landed on the deck with 
a crash. 

"Good!" he gasped. "A few seconds 
later and I should have missed it!" 

"Missed it!" exclaimed the officer 
who helped him to his feet. "This boat 
is just coming in!" 



Solemn Facts 
Is the day of Foreign Missions over? 
There are 1,600,000,000 persons on the 
earth today. Nearly 1,000,000,000 have 
yet to hear the gospel. There are 42,- 
000,000 unevangelized in Japan. Chin- 
ese Turkestan is practically without a 
missionary. Tibet is virgin soil. China 
constitutes a tremendous challenge. 
Groups of believers can be found in 
only a few villages and cities. Millions 
of Africa remain in ignorance of the 
gospel. In some regions of the Dark 
Continent the nearest missionary is 1,- 
500 miles away. There are 14,000 000 
human beings in South America who 
have never been visited by a mission- 
ary, Roman Catholic or Protestant. As 
long as there are persons living and 
dying without God or hope, the note of 
urgency must be sounded. 

— Watchm an-Examiner, 



The oyster makes a pearl out of an 
irritation. What do you make out of 
yours ? — Selected. 



THE FOREIGN MISSIONARY 
SOCIETY OF THE BRETHREN 

CHURCH 
Financial Report — December, 1935 

General Fund; 

Philadelphia (1st) $12.01 

African General Fund: 

Mrs. Elizabeth Boiling (LaVerne- Cal.) 10.01 

Earl G. West (Harrah, Wash.) 7.20 

Mrs. Wm. Lyon (Washington, D, C.) I0.0( 

27.2( 

African Hospital Fund: 

Sunday Stfhool, Bryan, Ohio 7.31 

African Special Fund: 

Mrs. Addie Wineland, in memory of Mr. and 

Mrs. Chas. F. Brown (Bryan, 0.) 25,0fl 

Gribble Fund: 
A Friend 53.3'( 

Kennedy Fund: 

Sergeantsville, N. J 15. OC 

Calvary, N. J ; 6.0[ 

Lost Creek, Kentucky 5.0C 

26.0tj 

Nielsen Fund: 

South Gate. Calif 5.30 

Sheldon Fund: 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio 12.5SJ 

Washington, D. C 24,2;!' 

Oakville, Ind 25.6;l 

Homerville. Ohio 7.8J] 

7O.3J 
Taber Fund: 

Allentown Senior C. E 8.0( 

$234.4! 

LOUIS S. BAUMAN, Treas 



February 1, 1936. 



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Christ, The Savior 



By Donald F. Carter* 

Greatly praised — utterly uncomprehended, — 
lighly honored — greatly misunderstood — this is 
lesus Christ the Savior. Even to many who confess 
His name the matchless words of the prophet, "He 
ivas wounded for our transgressions, He was 
Druised for our iniquities:" roll on in their won- 
irous depth of meaning without igniting that spark 
>f appreciation, devotion, and love so necessary in 
;he heart of the believer. 

Now, one unalterable truth stands in this old 
«rorld as a decree of the Almighty God, namely 
;his: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sin- 
aers." That purpose was in the mind of God from 
aefore the foundation of the world and was carried 
3ut by our Lord in exact obedience to God's vdll. 
[n the face of this matchless gesture of the Son, 
Satan has blinded the eyes of mankind and rendered 
;hem "void of understanding." To the tune of gold- 
3n-voiced, organ-accompanied choirs, beneath the 
nassive arches of costly cathedrals, behind the cloth 
3f a revered clerical heirarchy, and on the authority 
3f the dearly bought creeds of the reformers, the 
churchman raises aloft the banner of Christ; yea, 
the banner of Christ, a teacher — highest, greatest, 
first in the line of pedagogues. "He surveyed the 
way: now ye His brethren follow after." Yea, Christ, 
a glorious martyr to the great and Holy cause of 
righteousness, yet greatly aiding that cause by His 
death ! "Shame on you filthy Jews for killing a man 
who would direct you to the realms of glory. Hear 
ye people, take up the cause of that fallen one and 
rush one in your triumphant way to fellowship with 
God in His name." Yea, Christ, a Savior ; but what 
a Savior they have made Him, as if God were anx- 
ious to provide a Savior worthy of their acceptance ! 
"Come ye people" they say, "God has recognized our 
worth and has sent the man of Galilee to die as our 
Savior that we might be shown the way to unsel- 
fish life giving service in the cause of righteousness. 



"I'D RATHER GO TO HELL!" 

F. H. of Jasper, Indiana was urged by his mother 
to go with her to church Sunday morning. He re- 
plied "I'd rather go to hell.'" He took a gun and 
went hunting coon. He treed one, and cutting the 
tree down, it fell the wrong way, struck him on 
the head and dashed his brains out and he died in- 
stantly. He was a neighbor of Brother Glezen of 
North Long Breach, who gave me the facts at his 
home during our meetings there. "He that being 
often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly 
be destroyed, and that without remedy. Prov. 29:1. 

— Frank Miller. 



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*Pastor, First Brethren Church, Glendale, Calif. 



Look at His marvelous example that we also might 
possess that all conquering purpose!" 
The Religion of Men 

With this silly patter, the god of this world mol- 
lifies the religious tendencies of men, satisfying 
them with theological crusts and scraps given a sac- 
charine sweetness by the abundant use of Biblical 
language and moral concepts. As Nero fiddled Eome 
to its destruction, so to the tune of Satan's song of 
safety and security, the mighty chorus hymning the 
theme song of the universal Fatherhood of God and 
Brotherhood of man, thousands are literally sing- 
ing their way to hell because they have never had a 
fitting introduction to the one "Whom to know 
aright is life eternal!" 

The words "Christ the Savior" must be rightly 
understood because they are so easily misunder- 
stood. Saviors there were, scores of them, immed- 
iately preceeding and following the advent of our 
Lord. So called virgin births were the expected 
thing. "Sons of God"- — there were many of them 
who attracted men with their mystic rites as Sav- 
iors. Men claiming to have experienced a new in- 
dwelling from God were transported into religious 
ecstasies with a real hope of getting right with 
God. Today there is the same tendency toward "fuz- 
zy" thinking about Christ the Savior, which neces- 
sitates a careful study of the Word to gain a cor- 
rect understanding of His Person and work. Into 
this conglomeration of spiritual trash just described 
came the Christ to destroy its influence completely 
and set Christianity up as the only true way to 
God. The cross triumphed over all the forces of hell 
and replaced spurious mystery religion by the gen- 
uine Gospel: "Ye must be born again." Such was 
the power of the Gospel that Julian the Apostate, 
who spent his entire demon possessed life in one 
mad effort to destroy Christianity, in his last breath 
uttered the words: "Thou hast conquered, Gali- 
lean." Christ the Savior is no mere figurehead. He 
actually lifts men out of darkness into light. It is 
therefore necessary to have a solid understanding of 
this salvation offered by Christ lest being wooed 
away by the wiles of Satan the believer lose a great 
blessing. 

Two Views 
There are two views of Christ which are given 
in the Word which give better understanding to 
the believer of this great saving work. They are as 
follows : 

CHRIST THE SAVIOR ON THE CROSS. 
CHRIST THE SAVIOR AT THE RIGHT HAND 
OF GOD. 

(Continued on page 20) 



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The Brethren Evangelis' 



MEDICAL MISSIONS 

By Dr. Florence N. Gribble 

(Contimied frow, page 8) 
that keeping of his body which shall 
enable him to continue to lay down his 
life for his brethren. Meanwhile seeing 
his brother have need, and having abil- 
ity and training to relieve that need, 
how can he shut up his compassion 
from him ? Never shall we forget, how- 
ever, those days when our own life 
was saved by a fellow physician. But 
for that boon we traveled three hun- 
dred miles, carried on a cot by natives, 
and after two operations we waited 
three months for recovery. Ought not 
medical missionaries be more num- 
erous ? Ought not they to be less re- 
mote one from another? 

In a directory ot medical missions 
which came recently into my hands I 
find in all vast French Equitorial Af- 
rica exclusive of the Camerouns, there 
are only two medical missionaries, one 
at Lanibarene, Gabon, and the other at 
Yaloke, Oubangi Chari. And even in 
the Camerouns there are far too few 
— only seven. 

Within the limits of this article we 
have been able to treat only of disease, 
properly so called. We have not been 
able to take up the diagnosis and 
treatment of demon possession, as com- 
mon in heathen lands as in the days 
of our Lord. For this dread affliction 
there is no power in any drug but, 
thank God, the name of Jesus still has 
power. Nor have we been able to speak 
of the ministry of the medical mis- 
sionary in death — at times inevitable, 
for we must put off this mortal, and 
must put on immortality. Meanwhile 
we look for that glad day when the 
last enemy shall be destroyed. And 
while looking and waiting let us not 
only serve but let us avoid extremes in 
our service, or in our lack of it, for 
extremes lead to lack of service. 

The extremes of which I would 
speak are, first. Medical Missions per 
se without the preaching of the Gos- 
pel; second, no medical missions at 
all. 

Let us keep to that happy golden 
mean enjoined in Scriptures, healing 
only as we teach and preach, remember- 
ing the words of the Apostle (I John 
3: 18), "My little children, let us not 
• love in word neither in tongue, but in 
deed and in truth." We have endeav- 
ored to show that medical missions 
are not only justifiable but that they 
are justifiable to the extent of hos- 
pitals, nurses, trained assistants and 
necessary sanitary equipment. 

Only thus can workers be protected, 
lives saved, and the ministry of heal- 
ing become an effective stepping stone 
to the Gospel. "Hereby know we love, 
because He laid down His life for us, 
and we ought to lay down our lives for 
the brethren." 



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Christ-like living in public is the re- 
sult of Christ-like praying in secret. 

—Robert P. Wilder. 



YOUTH IS ON ITS WAY 
—WHERE 

By George H. Jones 

20,000,000 Children in America Without 

Christian Instruction 

The profoundest question of our age 
is not what to wear or what to eat! 
The matter of securing work to pur- 
chase these-and more, is not the para- 
mount one confronting us, but the ques- 
tion of spiritual living. Inventions 
have multiplied the ability to produce 
enough for all in America, and still 
leave a surplus. However the leader- 
ship of America is sincerely concerned 
with the demoralizing effect of over- 
production, hence the laws to restrict 
more than we need in the matter of 
food. The means of production has 
been successfully solved but the dis- 
tribution has been the breakdown of 
modern industry. Not what we lack to 
get where we want to go, but how to 
get there and attain the goal honor- 
ably. What these conditions will mean 
in the formation of character and ex- 
pression we do not know. Spiritual ex- 
pression it seems is the last thing to 
be sought. A materialistic age is more 
concerned with production of the 



things of the physical life than the 
things necessary to Christian living. 

Evangelism alone cannot solve thi 
problem, as we are administerinj 
evangelistic work just now. The Churcl 
should awake to the need of a wel 
defined program of spiritual instruc 
tion and check up on its losses aftei 
the let-down, when the special meeting 
is over. A careful inspection of th( 
number professing conversion and th< 
number still carrying on year aftei 
year would be illuminating. Look a' 
your church roll, check back on the an- 
nual crop of conversions, then list those 
still remaining faithful and active, whc 
have really grown in grace and in the 
knowledge of the Lord and Savior, Je- 
sus Christ. 

Surveys are excellent means for de- 
termining the value of a three weei 
revival effort and a 49 week educa- 
tional program with the relative value 
and cost of each. Perhaps the 49 weeks' 
properly planned are part of the eva'n-j 
gelistic program, but if so very few 
church leaders seem interested in put-; 
ting it in the same category as fhi 
special preaching We win them in three 
weeks and lose them in the weeks that 



February 1, 1936. 



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follow. "And the last state is worse 
than the first." 

To give adequate Christian instruc- 
tion to the youth already in the Church 
and Sunday School, and reach even to 
some extent the unchurched youth, we 
shall have to think creatively and plan 
to improve and supplement the present 
method followed. Tests and measure- 
ments of character growth and spirit- 
ual understanding are as badly needed 
as were tests and measurements in se- 
cular education a couple of decades 
ago. 

One half the youth of America at- 
tending the public schools are abso- 
lutely without religious instruction of 
any kind. A survey in recent years dis- 
closed this alarming fact. If there are 
forty million youth between the ages of 
four and eighteen, and half of them 
are spiritually illiterate, the chances 
are good that one or more of your chil- 
dren will mate with that irreligious boy 
or girl who is at pesent keeping com- 
pany with them. Naturally the question 
follows — ^have you so instructed and 
fortified your child that you have no 
doubt as to what will happen if they 
do make a partnership with an uncon- 
verted friend ? Have you tested by ques- 
tion and_ conference how well taught 
is the child you have sent to Sunday 
School? or have you fo.und as the writ- 
er has, that hundreds of our Sunday 
School scholars tiave had very poor 
teaching in the realm of religious edu- 
cation? It may do more good than 
harm if you try a check up on your own 
school, and if found defective, analyze 
the equipment and the time spent on 
the home work. Perhaps the teacher is 
not to blame so much as the short- 
sighted policy of haphazard lesson, the 
irregular attendance and the absolute 
lack of home cooperation. What would 
the public school accomplish under 
such a handicap? We therefore suggest 
the adoption of the following: 

RESOLUTIONS 

"Whereas, one-half of the millions of 
boys and girls between the ages of four 
and eighteen in America are receiving 
no religious instruction whatever, and 
this neglect of the Christian training 
of children and youth has lowered mor- 
al standards and has brought upon us 
a great wave of crime; and 

Whereas, judges of our courts, social 
workers and public school teachers are 
seeking to combat this crime wave, but 
declare they must have the motive pow- 
er of religion and are appealing to our 
churches; and 

Whereas, the International Council 
of Religious Education is seeking to 
enlist all denominations in an aggres- 
sive, permanent movement to bring 
Christian teaching to every child in 
our land; therefore, be it 

Resolved, that we face this challenge 
as a matchless missionary and evan- 
gelistic opportunity; that we view it 
as of vital importance to our Christian 
religion; and that we put into it all 
the resources at our command, not 



merely for this year, but for the years 
to come. Furthermore, be it 

Resolved, that we plan some kind of 
systematic and coordinated program 
that will at the end of each year leave 
a well defined portion of God's Word 
and Christian experience, as a herit- 
age to our children, to the end that 
they will have what we feel is the 
mastery of a series of lessons sufficient 
as a foundation for manhood and wom- 
anhood in Christ, our Lord." 

Many Protestant denominations have 
adopted similar resolutions and are 
busily trying to perfect adequate plans 
to accomplish their aims. 

Quoted material by permission Du- 
plex Envelope Co. Richmond, Va. 



Y. M. AND B. 

Brotherhood 

W. H. SCHAFFER, EDITOR 
Conemaugfl, Pa, 



"THE EUCHARIST, OR BREAD 
AND THE CUP." 

By N. V. Leatherman 

All that we wrote in introducing the 
feetwashing and love feast ordinances, 
will apply here. So please read again 
the first paragraph in each of the last 
two Brotherhood Bible studies. We 
quote this one sentence from the last 
study. "Being cleansed, at the wash- 
ing of one another's feet we are thus 
prepared for fellowship with one an- 
other and with God." We have our 
best fellowship with one another, as 
we learned, at the love feast. This 
study should teach us that we have our 
best fellowship with one another, as we 
learned, at the love feast. This study 
should teach us that we have our best 
fellowship with God, when we eat the 
communion bread and drink the com- 
munion cup. There is nothing on earth 
more sacred than this service. And let 
us not forget, our Lord ordained it! 
That is why we call it an ordinance. 
Let us study it. For a more complete 
study, turn to Dr. C. F. Yoder's book, 
"God's Means of Grace," pages 388 to 
416. 

Read the following scripture refer- 
ences: Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22- 
24; Luke 22:19, 20; I Cor. 11:23-27; 
John 6:28-58. 

These references teach us: 1. That 
Jesus gave this ordinance, "as they 
were eating." That is, eating the last 
supper or love feast. 

2. That Jesus, "blessed" this bread. 
We should always ask His blessing up- 
on all bread; but particularly the com- 
munion bread. It does make a differ- 
ence. Not only should the officers of 
the church ask that this bread be 
blessed; but all boys and all those who 
commune should pray in their hearts 
for this same blessing. Lack of at- 
tention and interest in the service here 
can be nothing less than offensive and 
bordering upon sacrilege. 

3. Jesus tells us, "This is my body," 



referring to the bread. (Tell the story 
of feeding the five thousand. Then of 
Jesus sermon the next day as recorded 
in Jno. 6:28-58). Therefore when we 
eat this bread, we do it, "in remem- 
brance of" Jesus Christ. His body was 
"broken for you." We learned earlier 
in these studies that these ordinances 
were given to us to help us remember 
Jesus Christ. His body was broken, he 
was killed, crucified, he died for us. 
He does not want us to forget that, 
ever. 

4. He blessed the cup as he did the 
bread, and gave it to his disciples to 
drink. Paul quotes him this way: "This 
cup is the new testament in my blood: 
this do as oft as ye drink it, in re- 
membrance of me." "For as often as 
ye drink this cup, ye do show the 
Lord's death till he come." 

5. Notice particularly this conclusion 
of Paul. "Wherefore, whosoever shall 
eat this bread, and drink this cup of 
the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of 
the body and blood of the Lord." That 
certainly is a serious charge. But to 
eat unworthily is a very serious of- 
fence against the Lord — just as serious 
as Paul says it is. We are on holy 
ground when we are at the Lord's table, 
the love feast. Now there are some in 
the church who recognize this and won't 
come near the Lord's table. Yet they 
want to go to heaven where they will 
have to stand before God, the most holy 
place of all. Do you understand now 
why the Lord provided the feet-wash- 
ing service as a cleansing ceremony? 
It was so we would be worthy to par- 
take of this service with appreciation 
and joy, instead of being, "guilty of 
the body and blood of the Lord." Of 
course you should understand these 
ordinances can do nothing for us, unless 
we have faith first in Christ who gave 
them, and then seeking their full mean- 
ing, by trying to live clean and worthy 
of them and Him. 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION 

1. What makes the bread and wine 
peculiarly sacred? 

2. What is sacrilege? How may this 
sin be committed at communion time? 

3. Do you think it is all right after 
the service, to gobble down the com- 
munion bread, or drink the grape juice 
that is left over in the cups? Does 
this appeal to you as making these 
sacred emblems too common? 

4. Ask your pastor or some older 
persons in the church what was meant 
by the "VISIT" before the division in 
the Brethren Church. Do you think this 
would be a good thing for us to prac- 
tice today before communion? 

5. How can you relate our commun- 
ion service with the marriage supper 
of the Lamb? 

6. How does Jesus relate himself in 
John 6, to the communion bread? 
Berlin, Pa. 



"You can't pray" 'Thy kingdom come' 
and look at God through the bottom 
of a beer glass." 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Miss Emmert Hears 

From Her Ebony Children 



(Miss Emmert has kiTidly furnished 
the editor with so-me extracts from let- 
ters the boys and girls of her school 
have written her. Tlvese extracts are 
from letters of her Bible School schol- 
ars of about 15 years of age. Do you 
wonder she longs to be going back? 
She and Mrs. Kennedy will probably 
be going back to those they love short- 
ly after March 1st — Ed.) 

My Dear Mother, Mademoiselle Em- 
mert, Yaloke, Nov. 23, 1935: 

I wish to write you in the Banou 
language that you may know that I 
am here at the Mission every day. My 
heart was very glad for the letter you 
sent us; we want you to send another. 

I rejoice very much in the work of 
God. I am asking the Church for per- 
mission to do the Lord's work. If the 
Church agrees I will work for Him and 
Him only, because He keeps me very 
well. 

Have you returned now from the 
trip you told us about? Maman Em- 
mert, are you well? I greet you and 
your mother, your brother and your 
father. Three of your children are en- 
gaged now. I and Alice Zolossome; 
Thomas Demo and Rachel Doneme; 
Levi and Rebecca Yadongui. My fian- 
cee sends gTeetings to you, as we have 
put our hearts on God's road alone. 

All of us children of the class of 
1934 will be very happy the day you 
arrive here. I'm not sure, perhaps we 
shall have finished our Bible work by 
that time. I send you greetings in the 
name of Jesus Christ our only Lord in 
heaven. Send us word so we shall 
know how you are there. 
Your son, 

Nicolas Jou-oui. 



Manuel Selengue writes: 

"I am all right, but my heart hurts 
me because of my people who have not 
yet accepted the Lord. But I shall be 
very glad if God calls me to preach 
His word as I want to do." 
Jerome Jou says: 

"My heart is glad every day because 
when I first came to school I was a lit- 
tle child. I had no knowledge. I pray- 
ed God that if He would give me wis- 
dom I would work for the Lord Jesus. 
Now I give Him thanks because he 
heard my voice; He did as I asked 
Him and gave me a little. If he calls 
me as a workman I shall repoice even 
more than before." 

Ruben Oua-oui: 

"I am very happy because I am giv- 
ing forth God's word every Sunday. I 
pray God much for you. I am teach- 
ing a Bible class in Yaloke's village 
every evening. 

Now I have asked for a wife in the 
village of Boyzouma. I paid the dowry 
in February. I greet you in the name 
of Jesus Christ. If God keeps you well 
I shall thank Him much; He kept Miss 
Tyson, and we saw her again and re- 
joiced greatly, so we shall for you." 

Levi Boukai adds: 

"A few have wandered away, but 
God is with them. We pray a gTeat 
deal for God's children who have 
strayed away. God hears us, too, for 
Jacques, George, and Doa have return- 
ed to the Mission, and we gave thanks 
to God because He did well. He does 
not forget one seed that falls." 



A SKEPTIC ANSWERED 

There was once a Pennsylvania 
Dutchman who was not very learned, 
but who was never ashamed of his re- 
ligion. In his neighborhood there was 
an unbeliever who declared, "I do not 
believe anything I cannot understand." 
And so some of the better class of peo- 
ple asked the Dutchman to have a con- 
versation with him. He said^ "Yes, if 
you tink best." 

"Have you any objections to the 
neighbors coming in?" 

"No, shust as you tink best." 

So they made the appointment and 
everybody was there. The skeptic was 
introduced to the old man who began 
suddenly by saying, "I beliefs de Bible ; 
vat you beliefs?" 

Said the skeptic, "I don't believe any- 
thing I can't understand." 

"Oh, you must be von smart man! 
I vas mighty glad I meet you. I ask 



you some questions. De odder day I 
vas riding along de road und I meet 
von dog. Dat dog he have von of his 
ears stand up in dis way, and de odder 
stand down so. Now vy vas dat?" 

That was very inconvenient just 
then, very inconvenient. The skeptic 
either had to explain why the dog had 
one ear "standing up" and the other 
"standing down," or else he did not be- 
lieve it. So he said, "I don't know." 

"Oh, den you are not so very smart 
after all. I ask you annodder ques- 
tion. I saw in John Smidt's clover 
patch, the clover come up so nice. Und 
I look ofer in de fields and deir vas 
John Smidt's pigs, and deir come out 
hair on deir packs and in de very same 
clover patch vas his sheep and deir 
come out vool on deir packs. Now vy 
was dat?" 

This was as bad as the other ques- 
tion because the same perplexity 



arose. He had to explain why there was 
hair on the back of the pigs and wool| 
on the sheep, and as he could not telli 
why, therefore he had no business tc: 
believe it. Finally he said, "I don'1 
know." 

"Veil," said the Dutchman, "you are 
not half so smart as you tink you are 
Now I ask you annodder question. I)c 
you beliefs deir iss a Gott?" 

"No, I don't believe any such non- 
sense." 

"Oh, yes, I hear about you long ago 
I hear about you. My Bible know; 
about you ; for my Bible says : 'De f oo 
haf said in his heart dere iss ni 
Gott,' but you bigger von, you say i' 
right out." — Z. I. Davis. 



HOW TO KILL YOUR CHURCt 

Don't come. 

If you do come, come late. 

When you come, come with a grouch 

At every service ask yourself, "Wha 
do I get out of this?" 

Never accept office. It is better t 
stay outside and criticize. 

Visit other churches about half o 
the time to show your pastor that yo' 
are not tied down to him. There i 
nothing like independence. 

Let the pastor earn his money; le 
him do all the work. 

Sit pretty well back and never sinf 
If you have to sing, sing out of tun 
and behind everybody else. 

Never pay in advance, especially fo 
religion. Wait until you get your mor 
ey's worth, and then wait a bit long 
er. 

Never encourage the preacher, 
you like a sermon, keep mum about ii 

It is good to tell your pastor's fail 
ings to any strangers that may hap 
pen in ; they might be a long time find 
ing them out. 

Of course you can't be expected t 
get new members for the church wit 
such a pastor as he is. 

If your church unfortunately haj 
pens to be harmonious, call it apathy o 
indifference or lack of zeal, or any 
thing under the sun except what it is. 

If there happen to be a few zealouj 
workers in the church, make a tre' 
mendous protest against the church'l 
being run by a clique. — By Rev. Conarj 
Hooker in "Farm and Home." 



WELL, WHAT HARM IS IT? 

Young man, young woman, neve 
ask that question again. "What goo 
is there in it?" is the question yo 
should raise. The former characterize 
you as being among the ungodly. Ui 
godliness is to be unlike God. The lai 
ter characterizes you as desiring to b 
among the righteous. 

Did you ever hear any person asl 
"Is there any harm in going t 
church?" "Is there any harm in fan 
ily prayer?" "Is there any harm i 
reading the Bible?" No; and why? B( 
cause it is a well-known fact that ther 
is no harm in them. 

— Selectee 



Vebrvxiry 1, 1936. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

THOMAS HAMMERS, Editor, 
826 East ISOttI St. 

Cleveland, Otiio 



BRETHREN CHRISTIAN pNDEA 

RINGING I, HURON tXTENI 

Y UONSECRATED UvANU 



EAVOR 
ENSION 
ELISM 



THE QUIET HOUR 

Rose A. Wills 

The Quiet Hour is a most vital part 
f every Christian's life. Bible study 
nd prayer can do much to make our 
ays count for Him. 

Anyone of us who owns a car will not 
ake it to a poor mechanic to have it 
verhauled. Neither is anyone who is 
ungry for spiritual food coming to us 
or that food unless we have been with 
ie Master in quiet meditation. 

Private prayer life is greatly aided 
iirough the Quiet Hour. If we are in 
tie habit of praying privately, then 
re can pray publicly and not be fright- 
ned. 

All societies should emphasize the 
fuiet Hour. The Quiet Hour is a com- 
adeship of those members who make 
; a practice of setting aside 15 min- 
tes daily for prayer, meditation and 
lible study. 

We should keep the Quiet Hour be- 
ause our souls need the refreshment 
rhich He can give. If we don't keep 
lie Quiet Hour, God is apt to be 
rowded out of our lives. 

Christ kept the Quiet Hour. If He 



Signs of the Times 

(Continued from page 2) 

ike their property only in the form of 
lerman products. In other words, if a 
ew has a thousand dollars, he will be 
ermitted to take his thousand in 
Ungs that Germany sells. He would 
e compelled, I suppose, to take pas- 
age on a German diip, and carry a 
redit slip which would be good only in 
rermany and for German goods. 

Readers will recall that the Jews 
ave boycotted the German exports 
biroughout the world. This is Hitler's 
nswer: Your Jewish countrymen will 
e destroyed if they remain in Ger- 
lany. And if they leave, they must 
pend all their money in Germany. 

What will be the outcome ? The 
rerman Jews will be taken to Palestine, 

matter how much it costs. It so 
appens that this time it is Hitler who 
3 the Shylock, and he will probably 
et his pound of flesh. But it will be a 
ostly bargain in the end. For the Jew, 

1 spite of unbelief, is still the chosen 
ation of God. "I will curse him that 
urseth thee" is God's ultimatum con- 
eming Abraham's seed, and it will not 
ail. 



did, how much more important it is 
that we should keep the Quiet Hour. 
We must listen to God before we can 
do His will. When the Quiet Hour is 
faithfully kept it makes our lives rich- 
er and fuller. 

Each society should make a survey 
of their group and find out how many 
are active Quiet Hour Comrades. Set 
a goal for new members and then strive 
to attain the goal. If you desire any 
special helps for furthering the Quiet 
Hour work in your group contact the 
N. B. C. E. Quiet Hour Superintendent. 



DIRECTORY 

Of The Officers and Superintendents of 

The Brethren National Christian 

Endeavor Union 

Endeavorers and officers of local so- 
cieties: Please clip the folloying di- 
rectory printed for your convenience. 
Use it as a ready reference upon any 
occasion when your society has spe- 
cific problems in which any officer may 
assist you. Writing to the proper of- 
ficer or superintendent will greatly as- 
sist you in more quickly obtaining the 
help you need. 

OFFICERS 
President 
Rev. R. D . Crees, New Kensington, 
Pa. 

Associate President 
Rev. Leo Polman, 3301 LaFayette 
Avenue, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Secretary-Treasurer 
Miss Mildred Deitz, 312 Cumberland 
Street, Berlin, Pa. 

C. E. Topic Editor 
Rev. C. D. Whitmer, 217 E. Dubail 
Avenue, South Bend, Ind. 

Evangelist News Editor 
Rev. Tom Hammers, 826 E. 150th 
Street, Cleveland, Ohio. 

SUPERINTENDENTS 
Intermediate 
Rev. Donald Carter, 546 W. Stocker 
Street, Glendale, Calif. 
Junior 
Miss Mildred Furry, 626 Somerset 
Street, Johnstown, Pa. 

Quiet Hour 
Miss Rose A. Wills, 1128 Dudley 
Avenue, Pomona, Calif. 
Citizenship 
Rev. Floyd Shiery, La Verne, Calif. 

Stewardship 
Rev. Herman Koontz, 105 Otterview 
Avenue, Roanoke, Va. 

Missionary 
Rev. Hill Maconaghy, West Salem, 
Ohio. 

Prayer Meeting 
Miss Ada May Visick, Camp Bethel 
San Dimas, Calif. 



SOCIETY NEWS 
From the First Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, Maryland comes word 
that the young people have reorgan- 
ized their Christian Endeavor Society 
with the following as the officers: 

President, Albert Williams, 204 Fair- 
ground Avenue; Vice President, E. L. 
McCauley, 729 Summit Avenue; Secre- 



tary, Ruth Hollyday, Rt. 4; Treasurer, 
Claude Feigley, 347 South Potomac 
Street. 

It is encouraging to receive the re- 
ports of these societies indicating their 
societies are active and accomplishing 
things. It is hoped that more societies 
will avail themselves of the opportunity 
to report their activities to the rest of 
the Brethren Endeavorers through this 
column. 

Word comes from the young people 
of the Brethren Church at Carleton, 
Nebraska, desiring information relative 
to the organizing of a society in their 
church. 

Here is a real opportunity for En- 
deavorers within reasonable distance of 
this group of young people to render 
some aid in starting a society. 

TOM HAMMERS 



FIVE MINUTE BIBLE TEST 

(If your knowledge of the Scriptures 
is what it should be, you could give 
written answers to all of these ques- 
tions in five minutes). 

1 — There are .... books in the Bible, 
.... books in the Old Testament and 
.... books in the New. 

2— The first five books of the Bible 
were written by 

8 — The names of Noah's three sons 
were , , and 

4 — was the name of the 

first Hebrew. 

15 — The name of Abraham's heir was 



6 — The name of one person in the 
Old Testament who was typical of 
Christ is 

7 — An outstanding type of the resur- 
rection in the old Testament is 

8 — was the name of a 

woman in who gave 

protection to two Hebrew spies. 

9 — One of the great Old Testament 

characters whose name was 

lost his children in a great 

storm, and had restored to 

him of the Lord. 

10 — In the first verse of Matthew, 
the Savior is spoken of as the Son of 
and the Son of 

11 — Christ's great discourse known 
as the Sermon on the Mount, is found 
in Matthew, chapters 

12 — Of the four authors j)i the 
Gospels, were Christ's disciples. 

(Answers in next week's issue ) 



DON'TS FOR THE SUNDAY STAY- 
AT-HOMES 

Don't stay away because company 
came; bring them. 

Don't stay away because it rains. 
That would not keep you from your 
business. 

Don't stay away because you won't 
be missed in the crowd. God misses 
you. 

Don't stay away because it isn't your 
denomination; the same excuse would 
keep you out of Heaven. 

Don't stay away because you have 
no influence; the churchgoer preaches 
a sermon as long as the way thither. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



FIRST THINGS FIRST 

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, 
and his righteousness" (Matthew 6: 
33). 

Take this text, and think about it. 
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and 
his righteousness; and all these things 
shall be added unto you." Here God's 
great principles of dealing with us are 
enunciated. The first of these princi- 
ples is this: If you put the primary 
good in the primary place, the second- 
ary thing shall be added unto you, with- 
out even your seeking it. And the sec- 
ond great principle is this: If you put 
the secondary thing in the primary 
place, you shall forfeit the primary 
thing altogether, and you have not even 
the promise that you shall obtain the 
secondary thing. If you find any wis- 
dom anywhere else that compares with 
such wisdom as this, where is it to be 
found? You put the kingdom of God 
first, with His righteousness for your- 
self, His kingdom in its sway for oth- 
ers — put these first, and you need not 
take any care for the rest. God will 
take all possible care for your lower 
wants. But if you take your lower 
needs and put them into the place that 
ought to be occupied by the kingdom 
of God and His righteousness, you for- 
feit the kingdom and His righteousness 
for yourself, and may even fail in your 
diligent pursuit of secondary good. 

"Seek ye first, not earth's aspirings 
Ceaseless longings, vain desirings, 
But your precious soul's requirings. 
Seek ye first." 

A. T. Pierson, 



Christ, The Savior 

By D. F. Carter 

(Continued from page U) 

Christ The Savior on the Cross 

The cross is the central figure in 
God's redemptive plan for the world. 
Not alone His death, but the way He 
died sets man and God forever in 
proper relation to one another. In the 
cross the boundless love of God to man 
is set forth with the accompanying rev- 
elation of the wanton, relentless en- 
mity of man toward God. In the cruci- 
fixion, the moral distance between 
man and God is set — an eternity of dis- 
tance apart. All the hatred of an age 
of Satan-possessed mankind is por- 
trayed by that cross. It is a sign that 
there is a warfare without quarter be- 
tween a hateful world and an eternal 
God. It is an open proclamation that 
"All have sinned and come short of the 
glory of God." There on the cross is 
God's Son given in judgment of sin, 
and as a propitiation for that sin. 

The cross also reveals the true state 



of the sinner. Before Christ hung there 
suffering, the sacrifices and ceremon- 
ies of the Law accomplished their work 
of atonement for sin. After the cross 
had borne its burden every other work 
done for justification becomes an ab- 
omination. Mankind was thrust upon 
the horns of a dilemma with two and 
only two alternatives^ Grace or Judg- 
ment. Every "partition walF' of works 
was broken down and, as Anderson 
says, "left a world of naked sinners 
trembling on the brink of hell." Even 
a finger lifted to self recovery is a 
damning denial of the grace of God 
which stoops to lift filthy sinners from 
the mire of eternal loss. Thus the 
preaching of the cross will always be 
an offense to men of the world because 
it does what nothing ever had done be- 
fore, places man exactly where he be- 
longs. This preaching is to the legalist 
a stumbling block. To the man who 
endeavors to rationalize in his own 
fleshly mind, it is foolishness for even 
the greatest Christian is only a sinner 
saved by Grace. 

The cross, in a final analysis, re- 
veals God's love for the sinner. It is 
not an easy way to pardon for it must 
attract, conquer and change a child of 
Satan into a humble worshipper of 
Christ. God's love, guided by justice, 
must bear ruthlessly upon the sinner 
forcing him to realize his own sinful 
state before that love can be shed upon 
him. Oh that maa might witness that 
love manifested on Calvary; the priests, 
the soldiers, the mocking rabble, the 
agony, the loneliness, the shed blood, 
the broken heart; and seeing might ex- 
claim, "Is it possible that this can be 
the Son of God?" Could he perceive 
the burden of bearing the sin of the 
world, the sacrificial shedding of 
blood, the loneliness of being forsaken 
of God, that great sense of God's love 
would burst upor him and he must 
cry out, "My God, was this for me?" 
The cross, the most offensive thing that 
man can conceive in the light of the 
great loving heart of God, is changed 
from a harbinger of judgment and 
wrath to a witness of the sweet will of 
God flowing in a stream' of love to 
enfold in safety ?.ll who confess that 
holy name. 

"Thus, having briefly touched upon 
some of the things which took place 
during Christ's earthly life, it behooves 
us to continue the investigation in an- 
other field: 
Christ the Savior at the Right Hand 
Of God 

It has been observed that Christ 
saves a sinner and that He also keeps 
that one after he is saved. This is true 
Bible teaching. However in looking at 
the subject from this angle we find 
that at least in a general sense the 
saving work of Christ is not concluded 
with His work on the cross, but that 
it is carried on and finally completed 
when that saint is presented faultless 
before the Father. In a larger sense 
this great work of Christ which is now 
carried on comes under the head of 



intercession. No Bible student ha.' 
plumbed the depths of this great min- 
istry of Christ which was beg-un as he 
took up his abode at the right hand of 
the Father. 

Christ's first great work from Hif 
throne on high is that of DIRECTION 
in the life of the believer. Paul in the 
Epistle to the Colossians wrote, "Christ 
who is our life." The Savior actually 
indwells the believer in this earthlj 
life. Thus and only thus is the Chris- 
tian filled with that peculiar powei 
that keeps him close to the Lord. This 
directive power in the life of a Chris- 
tian is manifested in his obedience 'tc 
the commands of the Lord. Chrisi 
leads through the power of the Holy 
Spirit in the abstinence from fleshlj 
lusts. It is that same impulse thai 
leads in the honest Christian life. II 
is that same impulse that leads in the 
observance of the sacred ordinances oi 
the Scripture. Obedience to the Divine 
commands is a sign, not a means oi 
salvation. 

The second great work of Christ the 
Savior from His place in Glory is thai 
of INTERCESSION. Rom. 8:34 tells 
the believer that Christ "is even a1 
the right hand of God, who also mat 
eth intercession for us." The believer 
now has an "umpire" to stand con- 
tinually with His torn hands and feel 
and His rent side as a constant me- 
morial that the sins of these frail chil- 
dren are under the blood. What a joy 
to know that the eyes of God looi 
through the protective person of Christ 
who jealously guards His body the 
Church which He has purchased. We 
know not why that this continua 
pleading on our behalf should be nec- 
essary, but thanks be unto God that 
His Son has made that His great call- 
ing in our behalf. 

Finally the work of Christ the Sav- 
ior in behalf of the Christian is that oi 
PRESENTATION. This great work 
of Christ is mentioned in the book of 
Colossians 1:22. After a life of service 
for the Master, what a joy to be ush- 
ered into the presence of the Almighty 
for the final presentation. There in 
spite of the wretched failures of this 
life, in spite of the lost opportunities, 
in spite of the sin and the weakness, 
the precious blood of Christ avails. The 
list of crimes has been destroyed; there 
is not even the record of the shortcom- 
ings. But there in the Holy presence of 
God we shall stand, holy, unblamable, 
and unreprovable. We shall see Him 
as He is and in the brightness of His 
holiness, we shall not flinch for we 
shall be holy even as He is Holy. 

Thus Christ the Savior ever stands 
as a propitiation for our sins. On the 
tree. He paid the price. There was no 
beauty that we should desire Him, yet 
that tree on CalVary's brow proclaims 
to the world that thereon was the prob- 
lem of a righteous God and an erring 
world settled. Christ in Glory nowB 
stands waiting to complete that work, 
even the redemption of our bodies. 



Vol. LVIII, No. 6 



GeQrs,e,;.T.. Ropky .ApX,-7'-Fe\m^&r s, 



Laaaxlkj_Ill . 



1936 



The BRETHREN 

EVANGELIST 



WOMAN'S OUTLOOK NUMBER 




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Commonpldce Things 

"A commonplace life, we say, and we sigh; 
But tvhy do we sigh as we say? 
The commonplace sun in the commonplace sky 
Makes up the commonplace day. 
The moon and the stars are commonplace things. 
And the flower that blooms and the bird that sings: 
But dark were our day and sad our lot. 
If the flowers failed and the sun shone not. 
So God who studies each separate soul. 
Out of commonplace things makes His beautiful 
whole." 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



SIGNS OF THE TIMES 

By Alva J. McClain 



D 



ARROW Is Wrong Again. 



The morning newspapers announce 
that Richard Loeb, brilliant University 
of Chicago student and pervert who 
several years ago participated in the 
shocking murder of little Bobby 
Franks, is dead, slashed almost into 
ribbons by the hand of a fellow con- 
vict in the prison where he was serving 
a life sentence. 

Some, reading the sordid account of 
the end of this misspent life, will 
perhaps recall, as I did, the words of 
our Lord in Matthew 26:52, "All they 
that take the sword shall perish with 
the sword." 

Clarence Darrow, atheistic lawyer 
whose efforts saved Loeb from the 
death penalty for his crime, was asked 
by reporters whether he had any com- 
ment to make on the killing of Loeb. 
His reply was brief, "He is better oft 
dead." 

Darrow may know a little about hu- 
man law, but he knows nothing about 
divine law. No sinner is "better off 
dead." Tragic as the life of Loeb was, 
behind the gray walls of a prison, there 
watched day and night, with little or 
no freedom, associated with the scum 
of the earth, still it was better for him 
than death. Society may be "better off," 
but not Loeb, now that death has come. 

As long as life lasted there was hope 
for Loeb, hope of escape, hope for a 
better tomorrow, the possibility even 
that his soul might be washed clean by 
the blood of the Lamb, but beyond 
death for the rejecter of Christ there 
is no hope. Darrow himself will learn 
this lesson before long. 



XHE Politicians Quote Scripture. 

One needs some knowledge of the 
English Bible to understand the speech- 
es of certain leading politicians today. 
President Roosevelt speaks continual- 
ly about driving the money-changers 
out of the temple. The utterances of 
General Johnson, director of the late 
lamented Blue Eagles, were filled with 
Bible figures and references, a habit 
which made his speaking colorful and 
effective. 

The other night I listened to Al 
Smith over the radio as he castigated 
the New Dealers, and his final word 
of advice to them was to the effect 
that they should read the story of the 
Prodigal Son and go and do likewise. 
Believe it or not, there are millions of 
people in this land of ours who unfor- 
tunately will not know what Al Smith 
was talking about. They do not know 
what the Prodigal Son did, and if they 



own a Bible they would not know where 
to find the story. 

After Al Smith had said some pret- 
ty hard things about his former Dem- 
ocratic friends and their ways, the 
New Dealers picked on Senator Robin- 
son to answer Smith's speech. And 
Robinson also turned to Scripture for 
help, actually taking a Bible verse as 
his text: "The voice is Jacob's voice, 
but the hands are the hands of Esau." 

After hearing Robinson, I wondered 
what would come next, and today it 
came. A noted newspaper political vyrit- 
er, who is on the side of the New Deal- 
ers, suggests that Al Smith and his 
Liberty League friends should read the 
story of the Rich Young Ruler. 



l^ET Us Hope. 

The motive of these politicians is 
not very commendable. They have 
turned to Scripture mainly to find some 
effective literary clubs with which to 
beat the heads of their opponents, not 
to learn the will of God for themselves 
and the country they are ruling by His 
grace. 

Even so, I suppose that we should 
be glad that the Bible gets at least 
this much of a hearing in the political 
arena. 

Perhaps, if they keep on quoting the 
Bible, we may hope they will come to 
Romans 3:23, For all have sinned, 
and come short of the glory of God." 
It would be a useful text with which 
to begin the Presidential campaign of 
1936. The Democratic version is, "The 
Republican3 have sinned." The Repub- 
lican version is, "The Democrats have 
sinned." The Socialist version is, 
"Everybody has sinned but us." 

After listening to a number of po- 
litical speeches, and reading some oth- 
ers, I also am reminded of a Scripture 
text, the words of Eliphaz the Teman- 
ite, "Should a wise man utter vain 
knowledge, and fill his belly with the 
east wind? Should he reason vpith un- 
profitable talk? Or with speeches 
wherewith he can, do no good?" (Job. 
15:2-3). 



D 



BEDS Versus Talk. 



One of the troubles that plague us 
today, in what is called democratic 
government, is the apparent fact that 
too often our rulers are merely the 
men who are the best talkers. Already 
the Republicans are saying that in or- 
der to beat Roosevelt they must find 
a candidate who has a good "radio 
voice." They hope that the man chos- 
en will have good sense, but he must 
be able to talk convincingly. If there 



only were some way we could pick out 
the men who can do things, rather 
than the mere talkers, there would be 
more hope for democratic government. 

In this very connection, read Isaiah 
42 : 1-4. This passage presents a picture 
of our Lord Jesus as He comes to es- 
tablish His kingdom upon earth. 

"He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor 
cause His voice to be heard in the 
street .... He shall not fail nor be dis- 
couraged, till He have set judgment in j 
the earth; and the isles shall wait for 
His law." 

We need such a ruler, a worker of 
deeds rather than a mere talker of 
words. 



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VEN The Modernists. 



There was a time when our modern- 
istic friends were counseling us that all 
theology was of the devil and should 
be abandoned. But things have not 
gone very well for the modernists. A 
creedless religion, attractive as it 
looked, has not worked very well. And 
now and then a voice from th3 mod- 
ernistic ranks is lifted up in defence of 

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VHERE IS CHRIST? 

It is said that Bishop Moule once declared that 
he way to test any system of rehgion which claims 
be Christian is in the following: Where does it 
lUt Jesus Christ? Is He something or is He everyt- 
hing? There are many forms of rehgion which in- 
lude much talk about Jesus. Do these systems teach 
f Him that which is taught in the Bible? That is 
he question. The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ 
5 God manifest in the flesh; that He is the great 

AM who came to the tabernacle in human flesh, 
dthough in the flesh, He placed voluntary Umita- 
ions upon Himself, He is none less than God in His 
ower, being and glory. He is not only the Son of 
tod ; He is God the Son. This, the Brethren Church 
ot only affirms, but teaches and defends. In all 
tiings, He must have the preeminence! 

OUR FEELINGS 

Did you ever feel that the Lord had gone off and 
;ft you? Did you ever feel that your every "new 
eal" was a "raw deal?" Were you ever tempted to 
elieve that nobody else could ever be in such dis- 
ress as you ? If so, you should recognize this as the 
oice of darkness rather than light. 

L WORD FOR CHRIST 

There is nothing in all the world which can dis- 
el darkness but hght. A word for Christ who is 
ur Light will drive the darkness away- In the dark- 
st hour that this world will ever know, described as 
aat great day of tribulation, God's people wiU have 

source of victory. It is described in the twelfth 
tiapter of the Revelation thus: "They overcame. . . . 
y the blood of the Lamb and the word of their test- 
nony." The blood of the Lamb has already been 
[led upon the cross of Calvary. So we have nothing 
3 do with producing that. Therefore, it remains only 
)r the believer to offer the word of his testimony. 
'Od will grant His power upon the testimony of His 
eople. This brings us to the secret of all our rela- 
onship with God through Jesus Christ. Our busi- 
ess is to identify ourselves with Christ, our Lord, 
.e wiU furnish the power, the victory, the wisdom 
ad the direction. 

IRACTICAL 

The practical truths concerning this principle are 
ir too numerous to attempt to mention, but there 

one practical truth which especially stands out. 
^e always have something about which to offer 
•aise and thanksgiving. We praise God that Christ 
is been revealed to us as the Image of the Invisible 
od, and offer thanks that there is victory in Him. 



THEREFORE 

When you are discouraged, or when you have the 
blues, or when you can do nothing but pity yourself, 
look up. Look to Him and praise Him for what He 
is. This will always give you a topic for conversa- 
tion. 

GIVING OR PAYING 

It is a real puzzle to figure out how a man can 
give to the Lord or to the Lord's work until he has 
first paid the Lord what he definitely owes. 

In the Old Testament God's people were required 
to pay the tithe to the Lord. (Lev. 27:30-31). To 
refuse to pay the tithe was called the sin of robbing 
God, (Mai. 3:8). 

Of course we understand that the servant of God 
today is not ruled by the Old Testament law. We 
live under the New Covenant. The blessings which 
we enjoy under the provisions of grace are so far 
superior to those of the law that it is difficult to 
imagine that any man who claims to be a servant 
could think of a single reason why he should not 
acknowledge God's ownership by returning system- 
atically a definite portion of his income, for under 
grace we have a new principle revealed. 

Not only does the tenth belong to the Lord, but 
all belongs to the Lord. The Christian is bought with 
the price of the very life-blood of Christ and since 
he has been made a new creation, he is no longef 
his own. Likewise his possessions also belong to the 
Lord. Therefore the Christian should not ask how 
much of his possessions he should give to the Lord, 
but rather how much of the Lord's possessions dare 



IN THIS NUMBER 

Signs of the Times — A. J. McClain 2 

Editorials 3, 4 

Exposition — The Christian Laver 5 

Christ, Our High Priest — C. C. Grisso 6 

The Brethren Home 7 

Sunday School 8 

Christian Endeavor 8 

News from the Field 9 

Palestine — G. C. Carpenter 10 

Procla, Wife of Pilate— Mrs. W. D. Shaver 13 

African Folk Lore — Mrs. Jobson 14 

W. M. S. Worship Program and Material 1.5-21 

Signal Lights Program 21 

Report — Matron Brethren Home 23 

W. M. S. Information 24, 25 

Missionaries Among the Kabba People 26 

Experiences of a Young Minister's Wife 27 

Serving Christ Under the Southern Cross 28 

Senior Program for March 31 

Junior Program for March 33 

S. M. M. Information 34-36 



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he keep for himself. The last tenth is the Lord's as 
much as the first. Tlie Christian is responsible to 
God for every penny which passes through his 
hands. 

Surely, if God required a tenth under law, the 
starting place of Christian giving dare not be less. 

THE USE OF THE TITHE 

Too frequently we find sincere children of God 
who call themselves tithers, giving from this so- 
called tithe to needy relatives, public charities, red 
cross and in fact to anything which arouses their 
sympathies to the point where they think that the 
Lord should do something about it, but not quite 
enough to make them ready to part with their own 
money. 

This practice is unscriptural. The Jew gave his 
tithe directly to God's work. He gave alms and of- 
ferings far beyond this. Today, God's work is 
the preaching of the Gospel. The tenth can be right- 
ly used only when it accomplishes this end. 

WAR 

Much has been said about it. There is little to be 
added. It is the awful curse which continually haunts 
the inhabitants of the earth. Our readers will prob- 
ably be glad to read the resolution passed at the last 
National Conference regarding the stand of the 
Brethren Church on war: 

Resolved that this National Conference of the 
Brethren Church, assembled at Winona Lake, Ind., 
Aug. 31, 1935, declare the following statement to be 
the true position of our denomination on the subject 
war; — The Brethren Church from her origin has 
been utterly opposed to the use of violence or any 
physical force as a means to an end, on the part of 
the children of God. We regard the governments of 
this world system as being yet unregenerate, and 
their methods of violence contrary to the methods 
God has authorized His children in this present age 
to use. We re-affirm that while war as a possible 
method of the attainment of justice, or the secur- 
ing and maintenance of human liberty may at times 
be deemed necessary among the unregenerate of this 
world-system, yet, according to the teaching of our 
common Lord and Master, we, as His disciples do not 
belong to this world-system and its methods are not 
our own. We are in the world and not of it, as our 
Master taught (John 17:14), and must maintain our 
pilgrim character (Heb. 11:8-16). We recognize and 
appreciate the protection of the flag of the United 
States. To the nation that God has ordained (Rom. 
13:1-7) to afford us protection we gladly offer our 
service, time, money, and life itself if necessary, to 
bind up its wounds, or to heal its sorrows, by any 
means or methods our Lord Jesus Christ has ap- 
proved for the use of those who follow him." Re- 
solve, that we shall file copies of this statement with 
the President of the United States, Secretary of War, 
and with the Department of Justice at Washington, 
D. C. 

WELCOME NEWS 

Of all people on the earth, those who know God's 
Word should be the happiest. Although the world's 
outlook is not good, we have some advance informa- 
tion. Some day this entire earth is to be transformed 
into a glorious Garden of Eaen. It will be paradise 
regained for this earth. All rebellion will be put 



down. Godliness will cover the earth. All wars wil 
cease. Implements of destruction will themselves h 
destroyed. Crime will be stopped. The Kingdom i 
coming! That kingdom will arrive when the Kin; 
of kings arrives. Glorious day! 

WISDOM OF AGE? ? ? 

According to a newspaper report, two old me: 
stepped into a saloon in Wisconsin and drank tw 
bottles of beer each. They went out without payin 
their bill, because a sign intended for humor reac 
"Liberal credit extended to those 80 years of ag 
or over when accompanied by a parent." The young 
est of these two old men was 80 and the other wa 
his father, 97. 

We might think that any father 97 years ol 
would have sense enough not to take his son to 
saloon; but not so. Wisdom and righteousness dj 
not come with old age. The fear of the Lord is thj 
beginning of wisdom and righteousness comes onl 
through a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Go 
has revealed that every imagination of the huma 
heart (both old and young) is only evil continually 
(Gen. 6:5). No man ever gets so old that he do£ 
not need to be born again. 



Editorial Notes and News 



AT NEW KENSINGTON, PA., where Brother Robe 
Crees is pastor a campaign is being launched to encoura; 
people to take their Bibles along to church. This Is 
splendid habit which should be practiced in all our churche 
Pastors and teachers should be sure to give people occasit 
to use the Bible that the habit may be maintained. As 
rule, folks take along what they feel will be needed. 

PASTORS AND CHURCHES should remember the annu 
offering for The Brethren's Home and Super- Annuated Mini 
ters which is to be received Sunday, Feb. 16. Both these } 
terests of the church are of real importance. 

CHURCH TREASURERS should take special care in l 
porting the Home Mission offering to see that every pers 
who gave $5.00 or over is properly credited on the repc 
made to the Missionary Board. This record is necessary 
making proper adjustment of the subscription list. 

THANKS FOR THE MANY CTiurch Calendars, which ha 
been coming to the editor's desk. Please send these in at lea 
every month. 

IN THE SECOND BRETHREN CHURCH of Los Angel 
it is reported that 6530 verses of Scripture were memoriz 
by the members of the Bible School in one year. Here 
an idea for some more churches to follow. 

WE ANNOUNCE with regrets that the name of Ei 
Frank B. Yoder was omitted from the Brethren Annual I 
name should have appeared in the list of ministers not 
charge of churches. Those who desire to make this corn 
tion will find the list on pagej 49 of the Brethren Annual. L 



February 8, 1936. 



An Exposition - The Christian L 



aver 



By The Editor * 

John 13:1-17 

The 13th chapter of John reveals what transpired 
on the last night our Lord was with His disciples at 
the Lord's Supper, when He washed their feet 
just before He was to die on the Cross as the Lamb 
of God for the sins of men. 

The Three Viewpoints 

1. The first viewpoint concerning the washing of 
the disciples' feet is that our Lord used this ex- 
traordinary way of teaching a lesson in humility. 
Those who teach this viewpoint say that the Lord 
performed the act in order to dispel the spirit of 
strife and enmity, and to institute the spirit of hu- 
mility. As a sure proof of this, we are pointed to 
the fact that the disciples had had a quarrel in 
which they disputed over who should be greatest. 
To those who do not investigate the passage careful- 
ly, this sounds reasonable. It appears to be a logical 
and powerful argument. However, one clearly re- 
corded fact shatters the viewpoint and causes the 
complete collapse of the contention. From Luke 22: 
14-17, we learn that the dispute did NOT take place 
until AFTER the Lord's act of washing the feet of 
the disciples had taken place. So this argument fails 
completely. 

That there is a teaching in these verses in favor 
of humility, certainly no one would dare question, 
but such a viewpoint falls far short of offering an 
explanation for this remarkable passage of Scrip- 
ture. 

2. The second viewpoint is that Jesus washed the 
feet of the disciples as an old-time custom. It is 

pointed out that such a custom prevailed in oriental 
lands among the sandal-wearing peoples. So it is said 
that Christ was merely taking the part of a host in 
performing this act. 

That this viewpoint is inadequate to explain the 
passage may be seen from three angles. 

a. This particular act of washing was at the 
table instead of at the door. Who could imagine a 
host who would forget this important custom (if a 
custom) until the evening meal was in progress? 
This would be something new in the way of an orien- 
tal custom, indeed! 

b. Again, in the oriental house, the host did not 
wash the feet of the visitors, but instead, he mere- 
ly provided the water for them to do their own 
washing. 



c. Finally, it is revealed in this passage NOT to 
be an old-time custom, for our Lord stated plainly 
"What I do, thou knowest not now, but thou shalt 
know hereafter" (John 13:7). If it had simply been 
an old-time custom, they would have understood 
clearly its meaning. Thus, the ignorance of these 
Jewish disciples concerning the act, and the promise 
of future enlightenment, indicate that our Lord had 
something of an extraordinary meaning to reveal. 

3. The third viewpoint concerning this passage is 
that our Lord, on the eve of His departure from His 
life in the flesh, instituted a practice filled with spir- 
itual truth, which practice is to be perpetuated. This 
is the true meaning. 

The Water Symbol 

In the Bible, water is a symbol of spiritual cleans- 
ing. We find it so in the ceremonial observance of 
the Old Testament. The accounts of the consecration 
of the priesthood in Israel indicate this (Lev. 8:6). 
In the New Testament we discover the same con- 
cerning baptism in water. Water cannot wash away 
sin, but believers are nevertheless commanded to be 
baptized in water (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38), not for 
"the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the 
answer of a good conscience toward God . . . . " (I 
Peter 3:21). 

Cleansing of Believers 

When a sinner comes in genuine and simple faith 
to the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving Him as his per- 
sonal Savior, trusting completely in the Christ of 
the Bible and His merit alone for salvation, God 
justifies that sinner and accounts him righteous. He 
is therefore bom again, or "bom from above," 
cleansed by the blood of Christ, and regenerated by 
the Holy Spirit. 

Upon the confession of faith in the Lord Jesus 
Christ, he is commanded to be baptized. This bap- 
tism in water symbolizes cleansing from all the sin 
of the past. It also symbolizes the death and burial 
of the "old man" (the old life of sin now reckoned 
dead) and the resurrection of the "new man" (the 
new life of righteousness in Christ). 

But after this has taken place, the justified, re- 



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The devil will be fairly well satisfied, with ■', 

folks who are orthodox in doctrine, just so ■'.■'. 

they are not too or^thodox in life. He knows \'.\'. 

that if he can break down either the truth ; 
of doctrine or the 'purity of life, he has won 
a battle. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Christ, Our Great High Priest 



By C. C. Grisso * 

Having completed his earthly ministry, our Lord 
led his disciples "out as far as Bethany, and he lifted 
up his hands and blessed them. And it came to pass, 
while he blessed them, he was parted -from them, 
and carried up into heaven." From this Scripture 
there arises at once the question, What is Jesus 
doing now? To this question the Scriptures furnish 
us several definite positive answers. It has become 
commonplace with most of us to accept the state- 
ment that He has become our high priest, and as 
such he is making intercession for His people. That 
is true, but let us look farther into the subject and 
find out for ourselves the 
significance of this great 
truth. Our text-book for 
this study will be the 
Book of Hebrews. This is 
a wondei-ful book, and the 
heart of its message is the 
high priesthood of Jesus 
Christ. It shows some- 
thing conclusively c o n- 
cerning this tremendously 
significant and fundamen- 
tal doctrine. In the eightn 
chapter, verse one we are 
told that "this is the sum 
that we have a high priest, 
who is set at the right 
hand of the throne of the 
Majesty in the heavens." 
In the Old Testament 
there were certain quali- 
fications for the priest- 
hood. First, he must be 
called and selected by God. 

Even so, we are told in Heb. 5:4-6, that Christ was 
called of God as a priest forever. Again, he must 
be holy. In this our Lord met the requirement, for 
he was perfect in holiness. Heb. 7:26. And final- 
ly, the high priest of the Old Testament must be 
able to offer sacrifices before God. Our Lord was 
willing to offer the sacrifice of himself for our 
sins. "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but 
by his own blood he entered in once into the holy 
place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." 
Now that he has met ah these qualifications he is 
able to do for his people all that that exalted posi- 
tion demands, yes, and a million times more, for 
verily he is the Son of God, "made not after the 
law of carnal commandments, but after the power 




* Pastor Brethren Church, Smithville, Ohio. 



of an endless life."' Let us now be specific and sug- 
gest a few things that He does for us as our 
GREAT HIGH PRIEST. 

First, by reason of the sacrifice that he has of- 
fered and the place that he occupies, "HE IS ABLE 
TO SAVE TO THE UTTERMOST THEM THAT 
DRAW NEAR TO GOD THROUGH HIM." We 
have a right to come into the very presence of God 
with boldness because He has opened up a new and 
living way for us. And again we are challenged to 
"lay aside every weight and the sin that doth so 
easily beset us — looking unto Jesus the Author and 
Perfector of our faith," who has brought unto Mount 

Zion, and unto the city of 
the living God, the heav- 
enly Jerusalem This 

all involves a relationship 
to Him that makes possi- 
ble all the powers and 
blessings of the kingdom 
of God to all those who 
will avail themselves of 
all that Jesus is, by reason 
of His place at the right 
hand of God. As our high 
priest, "He is able." He is 
able to save; he is able to 
do exceedingly abundant- 
ly for us ; he is able to es- 
tablish the new heaven 
and the new earth. He is 
waiting for his people tol 
accomplish the task that 
has been set for them to: 
finish; the task that can I 
only b e carried o u t j 
through a proper recogni-l 
tion of the power that is set at our disposal by rea- 1 
son of the thing that has already been done and( 
what he is now able and ready to do. 

HE IS OUR INTERCESSOR. "It is Christ that 
died — who is even at the right hand of God, who 
also maketh intercession for us," "Seeing He ever 
liveth to make intercession for us." "We have 
an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the right- 
eous." "For there is one God and one Mediator be- 
tween God and man, the man Christ Jesus." "He 
is the propitiation for our sins." Who can fathom 
the meaning of those four words. Intercessor, Med- 
iator, Propitiation, Advocate ? There may be a tech- 
nical difference in the terms as they appear in their 
proper place, but wonderful for every child of God 
to know that we have a representative at heaven's 

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At a distance, the train traveling 70 miles an hour does not seem to 
impress ns witti its speed. But the closer it comes to us. the faster it 
appears to travel. So it is with the end of life and eternity. The 
nearer they are, the faster tliey seem to approach. Every man should 
mal<e his calling and election sure. (I Pet. 1:10). 



February 8, 1936. 



The Brethren's H 



ome 



AN ANNOUNCEMENT CON- 
CERNING THE BRETHREN'S 
HOME 

By L. V. King, Treasurer 

Again the time has come for another 
offering for Benevolences. It was nec- 
essary for the Board to come to you 
during the year for an added offering 
to carry on the work of the Home. For 
this reason among others the Churches 
should be more willing to urge a lib- 
eral offering at this time. 

As far as the Ministers' fund is con- 
cerned we have received sufficient to 
care for those whose applications we 
have accepted for aid. But we do not 
know from one year to the next how 
many new applications will be sent in 
that should be approved. We can pay 
out each year just the amount sent in 
by the Churches regardless of whether 
the amount is sufficient to meet the 
needs of our worthy ministevs or not. 
Thus far the ministers' widows have 
not been included, nor will they be 
without action from Conference, unless 
the offerings are sufficient to justify 
such a procedure. 

When it comes to the running of the 
Home and the General Expenses con- 
nected with that institution we have 
as a Board lowered these as far as 
possible and yet maintain it in a busi- 
ness-like way. This last year has been 
our best as far as gifts are concerned 
for some years. Not that the gifts 
from the Churches have been larger 
but because friends have remembered 
the Home in their wills. This has en- 
abled us to pay old bills. 

Should these continue the next few 
years the future of the Home will be 
bright. But these gifts may not come 
to us each year in the same manner. 
Hence, it is very important that gifts 
during this February offering be even 
larger than last year. 

This year our coal bill^ which is our 
highest single item of expense next to 
salary and Annuity Interests, will be 
exceptionally high due to the cold 
weather. Again, many of the women in 
the home are very old and there has 
been considerable sickness which 
necessitates doctor bills and medicine 
and at times a nurse. All these are 
items which we cannot avoid and must 
be met. 

So we come to you again this year, 
not begging, but as servants of the 
Church entrusted with this part of the 
Church's work. We pray, that this 
cause too, along with the other work 
of the Church be remembered by you 
in your prayers and gifts. REMEMBER 
you are lifting one offering for two 
causes, the ministers and the Home. So 
g:ive accordingly. 

May I report again the Churches 



that gave over $100 last year? 

Long Beach 1st Church $250.00 

Washington, D. C 139.15 

Pittsburg 1st Church 122.46 

Ashland Church 103.60 

Whittier, Calif 100.00 

Will these remain in the leading col- 
umn for this year or will some other 
church take their place? Conference 
time will reveal. 

Individual gifts sent in should state 
the Church which is to be given credit 
for that gift. I could not do this in 
every case. Send all gifts to the Trea- 
surer, L. V. King, Mexico, Ind. Funds 
not marked for either the Home or 
Ministers will be placed in the Undes- 
ignated Fund and distributed by the 
Board as is best. 

L. V. KING. 



BRETHREN'S HOME 

By Those in Charge 

Mr. Meyer and I have been here al- 
most four years and we have seen what 
a wonderful home this is for your aged 
people. 

Some of our dreams have come true. 
We have a nice young orchard started. 
The rooms have been redecorated, a 
piano purchased, and a number of 
debts paid, coal bills, doctor, under- 
taker, etc. Thanks to the members at 
large. 

The largest outstanding debts at this 
time are our salary and some annuities. 

We have a nice start now for an 
electric refrigerator that is our dream 
for 1936. 

We have need for some sheets. We 
also need curtains but would prefer 
either the money or material to be 
made up for our reception room. There 



PRA YERLESSNESS 

"No time to pray! 
Oh! who so fraught with earthly care 
As not to give to humble prayer 

Some pa/rt of day? 

"No time to pray!" 
'Mid each day's dangers what retreat 
More needful than the mercy-seat? 

Who need to pray? 

"No time to pray!" 
Must care or business' urgent call 
So press it as to take it all 

Each passing day? 

What thought more drear 
Than that o^ir God His face should 

hide, 
And say tJvrough all life's swelling tide, 
"No time to hear!" 

— Presbyterian of the Sotith. 



are five large windows and two differ- 
ent sized doors. 

There are five women and one man 
here now over 80 years of age. One 
of these is blind and two younger ones 
are blind and all except two. Aunt 
Sarah Keim and Mrs. Mary Coin are 
more or less helpless. Mrs. Mary Brown 
and Mrs. E. Miller have been sick all 
winter. We had two deaths this last 
year. 

Every year our members are get- 
ting more feeble and require more 
care and we thank each and every one 
who has contributed to make possible 
this "Home." If you could see how 
helpless some of the people are, how 
we have to lead them around, prepare 
their plates (as you would your chil- 
dren), cater to their whims and no- 
tions, you would be glad that you had 
made possible a Home where some one 
could take care of these our sisters and 
brothers. 

We have seven empty rooms, with 
steam heat. These must be heated a lit- 
tle to keep pipes from bursting so if 
they were occupied it would only take 
a little more fuel. 

Why don't you fill them up? 

The W. M. S. and the S. M. M. have 
been splendid in sending individual 
gifts and towels, sheets, prints, night 
gowns, aprons, bed trays, comforts, etc. 
We have so many comforts we would 
much rather have blankets or spreads. 
They are much more sanitary too. 

The W. M. S. of Indiana under the 
leadership of Mrs. Clyde Rager, of 
Roann, is to be especially commended. 
Last March at their District Meeting 
they agreed to send a can of fruit or 
vegetables for each member in this so- 
ciety to the Home. 

We received over 700 quarts of nice 
fruit and vegetables. Almost every so- 
ciety in Indiana responded. One group 
hired a bus and came — 18 of them. 
They saw the Home and had a splendid 
program. Others came and brought a 
pot luck dinner and put on a program. 
We certainly appreciated these as we 
got acquainted and they saw the Home. 

We also want to thank Brother and 
Sister Cook, our pastor and wife at 
Flora, for their help and advice, both 
material and spiritual. They are a real 
inspiration. 

So we are thanking all for past gifts 
and pray that God will abundantly 
bless all of you. We ask for your pray- 
ers that we may have strength and 
courage to do our work conscientiously 
and that others may join this Home 
where there will always be some one 
to take care of them when they are too 
feeble to care for themselves. 

Yours sincerely, 

MRS. CYRUS MEYER 



Isn't it funny that a man who ir 
satisfied with so little in himself de- 
mands so much in others ? — S. M. W. 



W. I. DUKER 

President 

Goshen, Ind. 

E. U MILLER 
Vice Preildent 
Maurertown, Va. 



NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 
ASSOCIATION 

G. H. JONES 
EMitor for February 



V. LEATHERMAN 
General Secretary 
Berlin, Pa. 



K. M. MONROE 

Treasurer 

Aihiand, Ohio 



THE VALUE OF BIRTHDAY 

EMPHASIS IN THE SUNDAY 

SCHOOL 

By George H. Jones 

Some small Sunday Schools have a 
few minutes set aside every Sunday 
morning, in the closing ten minutes, to 
recognize birthdays and receive birth- 
day offerings. This is usually accom- 
panied with a school good wish for the 
scholar's welfare, publicly expressed in 
the following form: "Many happy re- 
turns of the day of thy birth, many 
seasons of joy be given; and may our 
dear Father prepare you on earth for a 
beautiful birthday in Heaven." 

February is notably a month of 
birthdays. St. Valentine's Day is an un- 
usual opportunity for putting ^phasis 
upon the school's habit of sS!ling a 
greeting card to every scholar upon his 
birthday. One of the greatest Sunday 
School Superintendents we ever knew 
made it a practice to send a card to 
every scholar in his school (He had a 
school of some 400 scholars) with a 
personal message on the scholar's birth- 
day. We had frequent evidence of the 
influence and helpfulness of the habit. 

If the birthdays of Washington and 
Lincoln are considered, the month read- 
ily offers to the observant worker sev- 
eral opportunities for effective pro- 
grams and unusual features. Patrio- 
tism in its nobler aspects and our ab- 
horrence of war, could very readily be 
stressed. The very unwillingness of 
both of these men to resort to war, 
even when they were compelled to ap- 
peal to the arbitrament of arms, gives 
the teacher excellent reasons for our 
historic position. Then the lessons of 
helpfulness that suggest themselves 
from the notable characteristics of both 
of these men could be profitably em- 
phasized. A reputation for truthful- 
ness, a name for kindliness and consid- 
eration for the place the Bible occupied 
in the thinking of these two men would 
also be helpful. 

Poets, preachers, mothers and mu- 
sicians of international power and in- 
fluence have their natal day also in 
this month. What a program could be 
constructed to inspire. Favorite poems, 
favorite musical compositions, notable 
utterances of our wisest thinkers could 
readily be utilized to add freshness and 
vigor to what otherwise might often be 
a monotonous opening or closing devo- 
tional period. Moody the great evangel- 
ist of the nineteenth century had his 
birthday in this month. 

Many school teachers take advant- 
age of the habit of celebrating St. Val- 
entine's Day with messages of love and 



cheer culled from all sources, particul- 
arly where a vicious habit of sending 
caricatures and ugly doggerel messages 
that cut and sting, is common. Pic- 
tured in glaring colors, many ill-na- 
tured creations ridiculing professional 
men and tradesmen find their way to 
the store counters and are purchased 
and sent with no other purpose than 
to wound and anger the recipient. An 
excellent opportunity to combat a bad 
custom by the proper organization. 

Musical programs could very well be 
put into the hands of the musicians 
of the school. Mendelsohn and Handel 
offer unusual opportunities for expres- 
sion. 



D. L. MOODY 



It is well to remember that D. L. 
Moody's birthday was in February, and 
while honoring great leaders, he may 
well be included. 

In the first place, Moody was born 
in a little Connecticut Valley town; 
he was the sixth of a family of nine 
children; and his father died when he 
was four years old. Twins were born 
to his mother about a month after his 
father's death. 

Mark Twain said he had a poor start 
in life, because he had only one father 
and one mother, so he had to get along 
the best way he could. Moody's lot was 
even worse. One of nine fatherless tots, 
he faced an unkind world that was 
destined one day to mark him as one 
of its celebrated men. 

Moody's mother refused to "bind out" 
her children, as her neighbors advised, 
and in due time young Dwight was 
earning a few dollars and presiding at 
the head of the table. 

When he was six years old, he told 
his mother that he didn't think it did 
any good to pray; he had tried it, he 
said, and was just as bad a boy as ever 
But later, while driving a neighbor's 
cows from the pasture on the moun- 
tain, a heavy rail fence fell upon him 
and he could not get out. Describing 
the incident, Mr. Moody said: 

"I tried and tried, but I couldn't lift 
those heavy rails; then I hollered for 
help, but nobody came; and then I be- 
gan to think I should have to die away 
up there on the mountain all alone. 

"But I happened to think that, may- 
be God would help me, and so I asked 
Him. After that I could lift the rails, 
just as easy!" 

After his escape from the trap in 
the fence, prayer became a very prac- 
tical and useful thing in his life. Fol- 
lowin g his conversion in Boston, he 
began to ask for things much in the 



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same manner as he prayed for strength 
to lift the rails. Astute business men 
later marveled at the way he would 
pray for large sums of money for the 
Lord's work, and get them. The rail 
fence incident should not be forgotten 
in that conection. 

As a 17-year-oId country "Jake" in 
Boston, Moody was placed by his uncle 
in the Sunday School class of Mr. Ed- 
ward Kimball, where he sat out the 
lesson "with evident weariness and im- 
patience." One Sunday the lesson hap- 
pened to be about Moses. He listened 
with attention and then broke out with 
the first question he ever asked in 
church : 

"That Moses was what you would 
call a pretty smart sort of a man, was- 
n't he?" 

One day Mr. Kimball called upon him 
at his place of business (Holton's Shoe 
Store) and, putting his hand kindly on 
the lad's shoulder, inquired if he would 
not give his heart to Christ. That ques- 
tion awakened him. 

Years later he would say, "I can feel 
the touch of that man's hand on my 
shoulder even yet." 

When we stop to think of the multi- 
plied thousands whose lives have been 
blessed through the ministry of D. L. 
Moody, it is well to remember also 
that he was led to the Lord by the 
personal touch of Edward Kimball, 
whose name has been known by only a 
few. 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

THOMAS HAMMERS, Editor, 

826 East laOth St. 

Cleveland, Ohio 



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JUNIOR C. E. AT 
BERLIN, PA. 

From Berlin, Pennsylvania comes a 
fine report of the work done by Junior 
Endeavorers during the past year. 

They have a fully organized society 
with the usual officers. In this manner 
the boys and girls are trained and bet- 
ter prepared to enter upon the respon- 
sibilities of the older societies. 

Several spirited contests were used 
during this period in order to stimulate 
an increase in the membership. Good 
results were obtained. Fine programs 
were presented each week, these being 
prepared and presented by the children 
under the direction of some older per- 
son. 

One fine example of the work done 
was the memorizing of the books of 
the Bible over a period of four weeks. 
Perfect recitation of the Books was the 
result. To make this work more practi- 
cal, the boys and girls were given reg- 
ular exercise in the "finding of scrip- 
ture references." The ability displayed 
on the part of these Juniors, was re- 



February 8, 1936. 



markable, even putting their elders to 
shame in this oft-neglected work. 

With $5.00 taken from the Junioi 
Treasury, they bought new song books 
for use in their society. The names of 
the book is, "Triumphant Service 
Songs." 

This young society also participated 
in the National C. E. work by paying 
in the amount of $3.00. 

Missionary interests are being de- 
veloped through regular monthly in- 
struction from a book, entitled, "Forty 
Missionary Stories." 

The social life is developed through 
regular monthly socials held during the 
winter months in the social rooms of 
the church. The fairer days of summer 
find them engaging in outdoor picnics. 

This report submitted by Miss (Emily 
Beachly is both a tribute to the boys 
and girls of the society as well as to 
their adult adviser in the person ol 
Mrs. F. J. Beachly. 

The editor of this column is very 
anxious to hear more reports of what 
is being done for the Juniors in other 
churches. If you do not have a Junior 
C. E. Society, simply addres'- an in- 
quiry to the National Secretary who 
will get you in touch with the proper 
source of information. 

TOM HAMMERS 



FIVE MINUTE BIBLE TEST 

(Answers to last week's questions) 

1—66, 39, 27. 2— Moses. 3— Shem, 
Ham and Japheth. 4 — Abraham. 5 — 
Isaac. 6 — Joseph. 7 — Jonah. 8 — Rahab, 
Jerico. 9 — ^Job, ten, ten. 10 — David, 
Abraham. 11—5 to 7. 12— Two. 13— 
Fourteen. 14 — Passover. 15 — James 
and Jude. 16 — Revelation. 17 — Mary. 
18— Isle of Patoms. 19— Four. 20— 
Solomon. 



The wicked flee when no man pjr- 
3ueth, — but they make better time with 
someone after them. — Selected. 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




ARDMORE, INDIANA 

One finds much in the spiritual life 
of a church that seems but a replica of 
the spiritual experience of the individ- 
ual. There are days of darkness, test- 
ing, temptation, trials and all the 
things that the enemy knows so well 
how to us effectively on the child of 
God. Those are the days when the good 
will of God for His own, breaking 
through the clouds, makes His goodness 
appeal all the more gracious and vital 
to our lives. 

So there have come blessings from 
theLord, and the church at Ardmore is 
finding more and more pleasure in the 
witness of the Word. During the past 
several months God has been giving us 
a deepening testimony. His goodness 
overshadows all else. I believe we have 
a fuller vision of service in this com- 
munity. Planting the Word of God in 
the hearts of men frequently takes 
much patience and effort. Seeing it 
bear fruit always takes much prayer. 

The various departments are carry- 
ing up their part. A few special things 
will be mentioned. A new work is being 
undertaken by the laymen. They have 
gathered themselves into a Laymen's 
Organization. They have the definite 
aim of helping the direct ministry ot 
the church. They are perfecting a plan 
in which regular visitation will be un- 
dertaken in the community to keep the 
homes in touch both with the work of 
the local church and with the work of 
the Lord as a whole. We hope to see 
this plan soon functioning and are sure 
it will prove a real blessing to both the 
church and the men. 

The W. M. S. has recently reorgan- 



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stand present day happenings in the light of the Word of 
God ? If you are not awake to the great importance of pro- 
phetic truth today, you are indeed missing something. Once 
a month, in the fourth issue of the Brethren Evangelist, Dr. 
Louis S. Bauman is conducting a regular prophetic de- 
partment, "TODAY, In the Light of Bible Prophecy." Dr. 
Bauman's writings on this subject have been read widely 
in some of the magazines which have had world wide cir- 
culation. If you already receive other issues of the Breth- 
ren Evangelist, this fourth issue of each month will cost 
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ized its work. Its object is to attain 
more spiritual goals and to lend its 
hand to the true ministry of the Word. 
Having so often proved itself an im- 
portant part of the church's life, with 
a vision of spiritual accomplishments 
before it, we anticipate real things 
from our Missionary Society. 

During the summer months our lead- 
ers conceived and executed the plan of 
building some extra rooms on our 
building. The work was begun in Aug- 
ust. All labor was free of charge to 
the church except mason work. Num- 
bers of the men proved themselves very 
loyal. One brother, a carpenter, directed 
the work after the foundation was in. 
The work was brought to a successf'il 
conclusion and the six fine new rooms 
(three basement and three main floor) 
were dedicated in the late fall and have 
been a large help on numerous occa- 
sions. 

In October for two weeks we had 
the privilege of hearing a Bible teach- 
er, Mrs. Mary Morris of Mishawaka, in 
a series of studies in the Book of Rev- 
elation. These were wholly profitable 
to the church and presented in Scrip- 
tural and interesting manner that part 
of God's plan as revealed in this Book. 
This is the second time the writer has 
had the pleasure of having Sister Mor- 
ris for a series of studies. Both times 
it has been a true benefit to the 
church. 

A simple but effective and well re- 
ceived Christmas program was given 
on the Sunday night before Christmas. 

Recently a splendid family of four, a 
father, mother and two sons, presented 
themselves for membership, the father 
and mother renewing their vows and 
the sons making their first confession 
of Christ. This family awaits baptism, 
plans having been delayed due to sick- 
ness which has occasioned the absence 
of the mother from home. We praise 
the Lord for this family. 

Our people have found both pleasure 
and fruit in the opportunity to attend 
neighboring services. First there was 
the opportunity to be at Osceola occa- 
sionally while Brother William Steffler 
was there with Brother Witter. 
Amongst these privileges was that of 
being present when Brother Witter was 
ordained to the ministry. Then there 
has been, at a later date, the meeting 
with Brother R. Paul Miller at North 
Liberty in which numbers have at- 
tended as opportunity afforded. At- 
tendance there would have been more 
frequent had it not been for the un- 
usually bad and prolonged icy condi- 
tion of the roads. It has been pleasant 
to renew these fellowships. 

FRANK GEHMAN 



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The Brethren Evangelist, 



PALESTINE 

"From Desert to Garden of Eden" 
By Dr. G. C. Carpenter 

(Second in Series) 

It was our privilege just the other 
day to pick and to eat some Jaffa 
oranges, not in Palestine, but at Fells- 
mere, Florida. We had just read that 
the Jaffa orange is said to be "the fin- 
est in the world" and you can imagine 
our surprise on visiting a nearby 
orange gi'ove in finding there a Jaffa 
orange tree laden with sweet, juicy 
fruit. Geoi'ge T. B. Davis tells us that 
great stretches of waste sandy soil 
along the shores of the Mediterranean, 
north and south of Jaffa, have been 
transformed into beautiful orange 
groves. During the past year, more 
than seven million boxes of oranges 
were exported from Palestine to other 
lands. That means more than seven 
hundred millions of oranges, sufficient 
to place five oranges in the hands of 
every man, woman and child in the 
United States of America. Only about 
forty million boxes of oranges were 
raised in Florida last year and the 
present crop is reported to be much 
less on account of the freeze a year 
ago. The orange grove section of Pal- 
estine is "becoming a kind of paradise 
regained, both in appearance and in 
financial profit." 

There is a rapid growth of acreage 
devoted to grapefruit. Last year 670,- 
000 cases were exported to foreign 
markets, and that was only the second 
year they had exported grapefruit. 
Both the oranges and the grapefruit 
are said to be so delicious that there 
is an increasing foreign market for 
them. "As sweet as sugar" is the re- 
mark often heard. In the height of the 
season six big delicious oranges almost 
as large as grapefruit can be pur- 
chased in Jerusalem for one piaster or 
five cents. Can it be that Palestine will 



Signs of the Times 

(Continued from page 2) 

theology. The following is quoted from 
one such: 

"Theology is the attempt of religious 
men to understand the meaning of 
what they believe. If they have any 
coherent beliefs at all, they have at 
least a rudimentary theology. Every 
sermon which has any meat in it must 
have some kind of a theological struc- 
ture as its background. Prayer, even 
the simplest prayer, has profound the- 
ological implications. Theology may 
start with prayer, but in its turn it 
must correct prayer. The philosophy 
of the life of the average Christian de- 
pends on a theology." 

So far, so good. Now that some of 
the modernists are .seeing the need of 
theology, it remains only for them to 
get a right theology: in other words, a 
theology based on the eternal Word of 
God. 



become a competitor of the United 
States in the citrus fruit field? 

Experimental stations are waging 
warfare against noxious insects, 13,000 
of which they have collected and class- 
ified. Some are useful. One of their 
successful methods is to breed "good" 
insects to destroy "bad" ones. That 
is overcoming evil with good. They 
have also tested samples of more than 
two million acres of land in Palestine 
to determine what kind of crops can 
best be grown and also what kind of 
fertilizers will bring best results. The 
benefits gained through the experimen- 
tal stations are not confined to the 
Jews, but are passed along to dozens 
of Arab teachers who come to hear the 
lectures and who are entertained in the 
station guest house. That again is re- 
turning good for evil, for the Arabs 
have violently opposed the return of 
the Jews. 

We are told that it is quite probable 
that such a sudden change from a 
waste wilderness to a land blossoming 
as the rose has never before been wit- 
nessed in the history of the world. 
Some of our readers will recall hearing 
our late beloved Dr. J. Allen Miller 
state on his return from Palestine a 
few years ago that he was, like most 
travelers to Palestine, disappointed in 
the land itself as it was such a dreary, 
desert waste. But what a change he 
would find could he visit that land 
today ! 

And now as we think of this sudden 
and wonderful change let us read again 
the divinely inspired word of the 
prophet of God, Ezekiel, as found in 
the thirty-sixth chapter of his proph- 
ecy: "The wastes shall be builded. And 
the desolate land shall be tilled, where- 
as it lay desolate in the sight of all 
that passed by. And they shall say, 
this land that was desolate is become 
like the Garden of Eden."- Surely the 
literal fulfillment before our very eyes 
of the words of the prophet, written 
thousands of years ago, ought to dis- 
pel doubts and lead people of all na- 
tions and tongues to believe the Bible. 
Hallandale, Florida. 



OUR UNCHANGING 
FRIEND 

I ahvays go to Jesus, 

When troubled or distrest: 
I always find a refuge 

Upon His loving breast. 
I tell Him all my trials, 

I tell Hitn all my grief ; 
And while my lips are speak- 
ing, 

He gives my heart relief. 

I always go to Jesus: 

No matter when or where 
I seek His preciotus presence, 

I'm sure to find Him there. 
In times of joy or sorrow. 

Whatever my need may be, 
I always go to Jesus, j 

And Jesus comes to me. j 

—Sel. 



CHRIST, OUR HIGH PRIEST 

By C. C. Grisso 

(Continued from page 6) 

throne. One who "pleads for," one who 
"transacts on behalf of" his people. 
Seeing then that we have a great high| i 
priest, who is touched with the feelingij 
of our infirmities; let us come boldly 
unto a throne of grace, that we may 
obtain mercy, and find grace to help 
in time of need. !J 

CHRIST, AS OUR GREAT HIGhII 
PRIEST IS SUPERIOR TO ALL WHO 
HAVE GONE BEFORE HIM. The 
writer to the Hebrews must write three ) 
whole chapters to convince his Hebrew 
brethren of this superiority, (5-7) 
These Hebrew Christians said, "We 
want a priesthood, and how can youi 
Christ be a priest when he is not ol 
the house of Aaron or Levi, but of the 
tribe of Judah? He is out of the true 
line of succession. He is not a priest of| j 
the God-established method, so if we; 
want to worship God we must go back: 
and be Jews again." But what was the: | 
answer of the great apostle to thi.= 
argument? Pick up your Bibles now 
and read it again, the whole of chaptei 
seven. "For he of whom these things 
are spoken pertaineth to another tribe 
— for it is evident that our Lord sprang 
out of Judah — and it is yet far mor=: 
evident — there ariseth another priest i 
who is made not after the law of car- 
nal comandment but after the power - 
of an endless life." This is what he is 
saying; that as Melchizedek is an- 
other kind of priest, different in everj 
way from the tribe of Levi; not f 
priest because of formal succession, bui 
by being a true man. He was made i 
priest BY THE POWER OF AN END I 
LESS LIFE. Eternity dwelt in hisjl 
soul. This made him a true priest, c \ 
priest forever. And as this King oi ; 
Justice and Peace mediated betweer i 
many tribes and made them as one, SC! j 
SHALL THE FUTURE PRIEST MED ! | 
lATE AMONG ALL MANKIND. A' 
Melchizedec was a priest because hi, 
stood near to God, not because of an^j 
outward descent, family, or genealogy| 
so shall it be with the One of whom h(| 
is a type, who was to purify the heart; 
of men. And as this old "King of Sal- 
em" was a priest, because his spiritua 
qualities, so these qualities of a divine 
order in Christ shall uplift the soul: 
of men through all time. This is th( 
Hebrew writers answer, "I admit tha 
Jesus was no priest of your order, bu 
a higher and nobler kind." 

There are times when forms am 
rules are good, and priests after thi 
order of Levi are needed. But the rea 
priest is he who has the power of ai 
endless life, by which' he can bring ui 



February 8, 1936. 

learer to God. There are those who 
ire painfully careful about forms and 
)rder and succession. Our great high 
jriest transcended these limits and took 
lis position on a far deeper and more 
iniversal priesthood, than that of suc- 
jession. It would have been easy for 
Sim to have been born of the tribe of 
Levi, but God chose to teach us that 
;he true priesthood stands on a firmer 
jasis than any church can give, and 
ierives its ordination from a far holier 
source and is in the apostolic succes- 
sion, not of any limited church, but of 
ill true believers and teachers since 
;he world began. Thus the priesthood 
)f Jesus is different; it rested not on 
•ight titles or geneologies; but he is 
;he great high priest of the human race 
'orever, because being the Son of God 
ile has spoken to the heart of the hu- 



man race "by which we draw nigh unto 
God." Well could he say, "No man 
Cometh unto the Father but by me." 
This sugests a final word, namely, 
CHRIST IS OUR ONLY PRIEST AND 
MEDIATOR. There is no other to take 
his place. There is none other between 
us and God. All other men being sin- 
ners need some one to approach God 
for them. It is only through Him that 
our God is propitious to sinful men. He 
is our sacrifice; it is only through Him 
that we can be reconciled to the Father. 
To those of us who know Him, he has 
opened up a new and living way; He 
has put the powers of the eternal king- 
dom at the disposal of His people, He 
has given us a divine task to accom- 
plish, and He is waiting for us to ac- 
complish that task. Christ is waiting. 
He is the world's only hope. The time 



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is short. The days are few, I believe, 
when His message is to be made knovra 
to all the earth. This means for us more 
than profession. It means living the 
Christ life. The power to live that life 
is only possible by coming in touch 
with Him who as our great High Priest 
who is ever seated at the right hand 
of God, making intercession for us. 

"O listen to our wondrous story 
Counted once among the lost 

Yet one came down from heaven's 
Glory, 
Saving us at awful cost. 

Who saved us from eternal loss? 

Who but God's Son upon the cross ? 
What did He do? He died for you. 

Where is He now. Believe it thou, 
In heaven, interceding! 



The Christian Laver 

(Continued from, page 5) 

generated man will discover that he 
itill commits sins. He should not try 
hide such, nor call them by some 
ither name, but immediately confess 

the Lord. "If we confess our sins, 
le is faithful and just to forgive us 
lur sins and to cleanse us from all un- 
■ighteousness. If we say that we have 
lot sinned, we make him a liar, and 
lis truth is not in us." (I John 1:9-10) 

As baptism symbolizes that cleansing 
phich takes place in a sinner upon his 
ntrance into the Christian life, so the 
;ct pictured in John 13:1-17, where Je- 
us washed the disciples' feet, symbol- 
zes the cleansing of the believer after 
le has been saved. 

This is made especially plain in 
ohn 13:10. "He that is washed need- 
th not save to wash his feet." Dis- 
ussing these words of Jesus, Jamie- 
|on, Fausset, and Brown in their com- 
■lentary say, "Of the two cleansings, 
(he one (baptism) points to that which 
,flkes place at the commencement of the 
jihristian life, embracing complete ab- 
Dlution from sin as a guilty state .... 
■his cleansing is effective once and for 
11 and is never repeated. The other 
jleansing, described as that of 'the feet', 

1 such as one walking from the bath 
uite cleansed, still needs, in conse- 
jaence of his contact with the earth." 

Moffat translates this into modern 
Jaeech thus: "He that is bathed only 
^aeds to have his feet washed." In 
bher words, believers are not baptized 
■peatedly in their lives to indicate 
eansing from sins. Instead, the wash- 
ig revealed in John Thirteen indicates 
18 cleansing from the sins of the be- 
ever's daily walk as the first bath 
mptism) indicated cleansing from or- 
inal sin. 

Concerning this same passage. Dr. 
lofield, the editor of the Scofield Ref- 
ence Bible, remarks : "The underlying 
lagery is of an oriental returning 
om the public baths to his house. His 
et would contact defilement and re- 



quire cleansing, but not his body. So 
the believer is cleansed as before the 
law 'once for all' (Heb. 10:1-2), but 
needs ever to bring his daily sins to 
the Father in confession, that he may 
abide in unbroken fellowship with the 
Father and with the Son (1 John. 1:1- 
10). The blood of Christ answers for- 
ever to all the law could say as to 
the believer's GUILT, but he needs con- 
stant cleansing from the DEFILE- 
MENT of sin. Typically, the order of 
approach to the presence of God was, 
first, the brazen altar of sacrifice, and 
then the laver of cleansing. Christ can- 
not have communion with a defiled 
saint but he can and will cleanse him. 
It is therefore evident that our Lord's 
act of washing the disciples' feet is 
commonly believed to give us a great 
spiritual truth concerning the cleansing 
of believers from sins. 

The Old Testament Priesthood 
As we look at the Old Testament 
priesthood, we should remember that 
we today as believers are said to be 
priests — a royal priesthood (I Peter 2: 
9). In the Old Testament, men were 
washed, even their entire bodies, in 
water, at their entrance into the priest- 
hood. Likewise, when believers enter 
the Christian life, they are commanded 
to be baptized "in the name of the Fa- 
ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Spirit" (Matt. 28:19). When the Old 
Testament priests entered the Taber- 
nacle of the congregation for service, 
they were commanded to wash their 
hands and their feet at the laver. Fail- 
ure to do so placed them under the 
penalty of death (Ex. 30:17-21). The 
laver was made from the brass mis- 
rors of the women (Ex. 38:8) and to 
look into it was to see oneself. The 
first washing of the priest, and the 
second washing at the laver, show con- 
cretely God's plan for cleansing. The 
first washing compares to Christian 
baptism while the second, at the laver, 
compares with the practice of John 
Thirteen. 
The Laver in the New Testament 
But this is not the last place in the 
Bible where we read of a laver. The 
Bible tells us that Christ gave Him- 



self for the Church "that He might 
sanctify and cleanse it with the wash- 
ing of water by the Word" (Eph. 5: 
26). The A.R.V. gives us the possi- 
bility of this being rendered, "the laver 
of water with the Word." Here we 
discover that the laver is connected 
with the sanctification of believers. And 
certainly, in God's work of sanctifica- 
tion, He must make provision for 
cleansing. 

The washing of John Thirteen is the 
New Testament experience of the laver. 
It points to the blood of Jesus Christ, 
God's Son, which cleanses from all sin. 
"If I wash thee not, thou hast no part 
with me" (John 13:8). The necessity 
of the washing of a saint from his de- 
filed walk is therefore revealed in a 
most striking manner in this passage. 
Our Lord is a Teacher, unsurpassed. 

This is a lesson always to be remem- 
bered. It must be impressed, empha- 
sized, and re-emphasized. It therefore 
must be perpetuated. 

The Plain Command 

That this act, revealing the need and 
provision of continuous cleansing, is to 
be perpetuated, is made clear four 
times in the verses which immediately 
follow. 

1. "If I then, your Lord and Master, 
have washed your feet; YE ALSO 
OUGHT TO WASH ONE ANOTHER'S 
FEET" (John 13:14). Ought to do 
what ? Be humble ? It does not so state. 
"Ye ought to wash one another's feet." 
This means exactly what it says! 

2. Again, that this act is to be per- 
petuated is indicated when our Lord 
says, "I have given you an example 
(meaning exhibition, sample, pattern, or 
specimen), that ye should do as I have 
done to you." Should do what? "AS I 
HAVE DONE TO YOU," is the answer. 
What had He done? This requires no 
answer. It is evident. 

3. Still again, it is revealed that this 
act is to be perpetuated for "The serv- 
ant is not greater than his lord" (John 
13:16). If the servant were greater 
than his lord, he might refuse obed- 
ience. BUT LORDSHIP DEMANDS 
OBEDIENCE. 

4. Finally, the act should be perpet- 



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uated, for our Lord said, "If ye KNOW 
these things, happy are ye IF YE DO 
THEM" (John 13:17). It should be 
made clear that happiness comes not 
from merely KNOWING these things, 
but from DOING them. Again this 
speaks for itself. Those who have not 
obeyed these words have little right to 
pass judgment. Those who have obeyed 
the Lord in these things have found the 
joy in the personal experience. 

We have seen four statements from 
our Lord regarding the perpetuation of 
this act. Perhaps someone may still 
honestly wonder if it should be liter- 
ally continued. With this in mind, let it 
be asked. How would the Lord have 
told us if He had really desired that 
this should be continued? How could 
He have made His language stronger 
or more specific? 

Opposition 

Some who have denied that this act 
recorded in John Thirteen should be 
perpetuated, and who have failed to 
find any scriptural reason to omit it, 
have resorted to a treacherous cajn- 
paign of insidious ridicule. Ridicule is 
a strong and effective weapon. It ii 
the only resort of those who have no 
argument. Nevertheless, witii soma 
people this has its effect. But those who 
honestly believe that our Lord said 
what He meant and meant what He 
said, are glad to accept the word of 

Christ. "Ye ought " "And why 

call me Lord, Lord, and do not the 
things that I say?" 

Testimony of History 

Church history testifies that from 
•the day of the apostles on down thrmgh 
the centuries, John Thirteen has formed 
the basis for a church ordinance. 

Kitto says that this ordinance "be- 
came, as might be expected, part of 
the observances practiced in the early 
church" (Biblical Encyclopedia). 

McClintock and Strong say, "Tiieie 
was also a general celebration of the 
Lord's Supper, at which the ceremony 
of washing of feet was connected" 
(Christian Antiquity, p. 669). 

Schaff says, "The washing of feet as 
described in John 13:4-16 seems to an- 
swer fully to the conception of a sac- 
rament, combining all the three ele- 
ments: an outward sign, the visible act, 
and the express command" (Apostolic 
Church, p. 583). 

Godfried Arnold says, "Among the 
services and duttss observed by the 
first Christians, that of feet-v/ashing 
was included" (History of Primitive 
Christians, bk 3, ch. 2). 

The Martyr's Mirror records, "We 
confess that feet-washing is an ordin- 
ance of Christ, which He Himself ad- 
ministered to His disciples, and recom- 
meiided by example to the practice of 
believers" (from Waldensic Confession 
of Faith). (Quotations in God's Means 
of Grace). 

Dr. Yoder further states that the 
Synod of Toledo, in the year 964 A. 
D., "decided that the rite should be 
observed on Maundy Thursday (the 
Thursday before Easter), the day on 
which Christ observed it. This synod 



expelled from communion those who re- 
fused to participate in, the feet-wash- 
ing." 

Practical Results 

In this day of apostasy, when many 
are drifting from the faith of the Word 
of God, those who practice John Thir- 
teen have the advantage of holding 
forth the greatest truths of the Chris- 
tian faith, not only in word, but in 
practice. 

In the Bible we discover that the 
truth of the Incarnation of God in 
Christ is so important that it is the 
very basis of fellowship for believers 
(I John 4:1-3). 

The Incarnation of God in Christ is 
emphasized every time that the ordin- 
ance of John Thirteen is obeyed. The 
ordinance gives a vivid portrayal of 
God the Son laying aside His glory, 
taking upon Himself the form of a 
servant, performing the act of cleans- 



One shvp drives East, 

And one drives West 
With the self-saine winds that 
blow; 

'Tis the set of the sail 

And not the gale 
That determines the way they 



Like the winds of the sea 
Are the winds that blow 

As ive journey along through 
life 
'Tis the set of the soul 
That determines the goal 

And not the storms and strife. 



ing those who will receive His salva- 
tion, taking back His garments of glory 
and sitting down from His finished 
work at the Father's right hand. This 
will be seen from a comparison of 
John 13:1-12 and Phil. 2:6-9 (fuller 
discussion in "The Faith," by L. S. 
Bauman ) . 

This ordinance continues a constant 
testimony to the substitutionary atone- 
ment by blood of the Lord Jesus Christ 
for us. He affirms, in picture, the need 
of cleansing and the fact of His substi- 
tutionary provision for that cleansing. 
"If I wash thee not, thou hast no part 
with me." SALVATION is, in this, 
clearly revealed NOT to be our work 
for God, but rather, CHRIST'S WORK 
FOR US. 

This ordinance keeps ever before our 
minds the willingness of our Lord to 
keep His people cleansed. What confi- 
dence this inspires in our hearts in 
Christ, our blessed Lord, Who is now 
in the Glory as our Intercessor, our 
Advocate, even the propitiation for 
our sins. That He can and will cleanse 
us from all sin causes confidence and 
rejoicing in the heart of the weakest 
saint when by faith he obeys the words 
of the weakest saint when by faith he 



obeys the words of the Lord in this 
wonderful passage. It gives added re- 
liance upon the truth that Christ is 
able to save to the uttermost all them 
that "come unto God by Him." 

This ordinance, in showing the con- 
stant need of cleansing of believers af- 
ter they have been, saved, corrects the 
notion which some hold, that they do 
not sin any more. This ordinance reveals 
that as long as one walks through this 
life he will need to be cleansed. It 
therefore keeps the minds of believers 
on the Blood of Christ. Believers will 
have the old nature eradicated at the 
resurrection, BUT NOW WE NEED A 
SAVIOR WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP 
US CLEAN. 

In conclusion, the strongest state- 
ment which can be written on this sub- 
ject is the simple truth from the Word 
of God: "Ye call me Master and Lord: 
and ye say well; for so I am. If 1 
then, your Lord and Master, have 
washed your feet: ye also ought tc 
wash one another's feet. For I have 
given you an example, that ye should 
do as I have done to you. Verily, verily 
I say unto you, the servant is nol 
greater than his lord, neither is he 
that is sent greater than he that seni 
him. If ye know these things, happy 
are ye if ye do them" John 13:13-17). 

"And why call ye me Lord, Lord, 
and do not the things which I say' 
(Luke 6:46). 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



LATJNTZ-FETTERMON — Monday. Dec. 17,. 1935 
Brother Melvin Launtz, of the First Church, and Misi 
Virginia Fetterman, of Indiana, were united in IT0I3 
Matrimony, by the undersigned, at the home of thi 
groom. The ceremony was attended by a large gather^ 
ing of relatives and friends of the young couple. Afte: 
the wedding a sumptuous wedding supper was served 
The groom has been a lifelonp friend of the write 
and in the past few years a Boy Scout leader, closel; 
associated with us. The best wishes of a large circl 
of friends accompany the newly weds in their ventur 
in life. The groom is engaged in business and ha 
been a resident of the city since his birth. 

GEORGE H. JONES, Ministe 



IN THE SHADOW 



H F F M A N— Among the faithful members of th 
Second Brethren Church of Johnstown, there were non 
more loyal than Mrs. I-evi Hoffman (nee Cora Leven 
try). For several years her health has been impaired 
but she "carried on" as one of our faithful Sunda; 
School teachers, until compelled to retire. At mid 
night on Dec. 13th. she heard the call to "come u 
higher" and when Brother Hoffman returned hom 
from work, he found she had departed this life sud 
denly "to be with the Lord," It was a great shoe 
to the many friends and loved ones, while the churci 
mourns the loss of one of its most faithful members 
Funeral services were conducted by the pastor, assiste 
by Brother Nowag, pastor of the Listie Brethren Churc! 
and a fomer pastor of the deceased. 

GEORGE H. JONES, Ministe 

WAGNER — Brother Samuel Wagner, a member C 
the Second Church for many years passed away aa 
entered into his eternal home January C, 193G. H 
had suffered a stroke of paralysis about a year ag 
and has been an invalid ever since. His faithfii 
wife had a long siege of service to her afflicated bus 
band during that time. The sympathy aud prayers C 
the church were hers during this time of testing. Sh 
was sustained by God's grace and has the consolation 
of a loyal service that was exceptional. The funers 
services were conducted by the writer with intermen 
in Headricks Cemetery. May the heavenly Father com 
fort the widow. 

GEORGE H. JONES, Minlstf 



W. M. S. DEPARTMENT 

The Lord giveth the Word : the women that publish the tidings are a great host— Psalm 68:11. 
Material which formerly appeared in Woman's Outlook. 

Slogan — "Living to Learn, Learning to Live" 



Bible Study - Procia, Wife of Pilate 



Mrs. W. D. Shaver 



In Procla, wife of Pilate, we have the story 
of a woman who tried to influence her husband's 
judgment. Not uncommon for a wife, you say. Per- 
haps not, — for a courageous wife. However she 
went about this task in such a manner and with such 
motives that it was uncommon. 

The only Bible reference we have of Procla is 
found in Matthew's account of Jesus' trial before 
Pilate. Even then she is not named save as Pilate's 

wife. Pilate has shown his desire to 

release Jesus, has sensed the malice 
of the mob who would condemn and 
crucify the Christ, and has stag- 
gered in his fearful uncertainty. 
Then he receives word from his wife 
telling him, "Have thou nothing to 
do with that righteous Man; for I 
have suffered many things this day 
in a dream because of him." 

At the very outset we are certain 
of two things. First, she must have 
acted out of love for her husband as 
expressed in her anxiety over his 
difficult position. She wanted him to 
deal fairly, to see justice done. She 
wanted her husband free from 
blame of any part in the serious 
dealings she sensed were tragically 
, ahead. 

1 Secondly we have to admit her 
warning to Pilate and the public ■ 
which she undoubtedly hoped to in- "^'''^- ^• 

fluence as much as he, evidenced her respect for 
Christ for she not only wanted to see him spared the 
impending tragedy but she paid homage to him by 
calling him a righteous, a just man. 

Critics have drawn only sketchy character por- 
traits of Procla. Some feel she was of a highly im- 
aginative, nervous type, one who could place over 
much importance on a dream. Such point to the fact 
that the Sanhedrin had asked for a guard, the right 



previous to the trial, and say that such action might 
have alarmed her and placed her in just the right 
frame of mind for a dream such as she reported. 

Others believe she was honorable and devout, that 
she ever had some sense of religion. Men of this be- 
lief agree that she may have known a good bit of Je- 
sus' works and was eager to confirm Pilate's unwill- 
ingness to condemn him. At least we are sure that 
in her testimony she showed more concern for and 

spoke more highly of the Christ 

than did many of his friends. 

In Pilate's ten years as procurator 
it is doubtful if Procla accompanied 
him often on official journeys. Con- 
vention forbade women doing so. 
But this time she was not only there 
with him, but she braved the orien- 
tal custom of silent women and 
dared to speak her convictions. She 
risked being unconventional out of 
her concern for her husband and her 
desire for justice for Jesus. 

It is interesting to note that tra- 
dition and legend hold accounts 
crediting Pilate with being a good 
man, and that Procla's name is hon- 
ored along with his in the Coptic 
Church and calendar of saints. 

It is certain that Pilate, in con- 
demning Christ, acted, and knew he 
acted against his conscience. He 
D. Shaver knew he was right but for selfish 

and cowardly reasons he refused to do it. As one 
puts it: he was faced by a great moral emergency 
and he failed. While struggling for his decision, or 
to be spared making one, how pertinent his wife's 
message must have been at the moment, can only 
be left to conjecture. 

Some like to feel that her dream message was an 
impulsive gesture. Some point out that had she 
taken thought of Pilate's long practice of acting 




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only upon reason she could well have known a dream 
would not have effected his judgment. But the way 
in which she speaks of the dream causing lier to 
"suffer many things" leaves no doubt as to the 
anxiety she held regardless of whether the dream 
were real or borrowed. 

In addition to the two creditable phases of her 
act, there is a third which can as well be applied to- 
day. Pilate was her husband and her friend. Slie 
wanted him saved from a tragic mistake. She inter- 
rupted his session. She paid homage to an unpopular 
leader. And then she must have leaned heavily on 
her confidence in a mutual understanding between 
her and her husband as she risked giving him, the 
procurator, advice. 

Very frequently it is easier to advise strangers 
and mere acquaintances than our intimate friends. 
Particularly is this so when the one we would ad- 



vise is above us in position. What a hope she must 
have had that Pilate would credit her, not with try- 
ing to dictate but rather to guide toward a decision 
which to her left no compromise. 

As Schaff says, "The prophecies of Greek wis- 
dom and the majesty of the Roman law here unite 
in a Roman lady, the wife of the imperial represen- 
tative in Jerusalem, to testify to the innocence and 
mission of Christ. It is very likely that the wife of 
Pilate was one of those God fearing heathen women, 
who, without embracing the Jewish religion, were 
longing and groping in the dark after the 'unknown 
God'." 

(Commentaries used for this article were sug- 
gested through the courtesy of Professor M. A. 
Stuckey) . 

Ashland, Ohio. 



African Folk Lore - The Three Brothers 

Mrs. Orville D. Jobson 



II 



(Sister Jobson has promised us a series of stor- 
ies concerning the folk lore of Africa such as the 
following. We always rejoice for the intimate glimp- 
ses of the life of those we are trying to reach for 
Christ) . 

Once Upon a Time there were three brothers who 
lived together. The first was a farmer, the second 
was a hunter, and the third was a canoe man. One 
day a turtle went before the King and accused the 
brothers of boasting for the following reasons : the 
first brother who was a farmer, had said that he 
could climb to the top of the tallest of the cocoanut 
trees that were standing in front of the King's Com- 
pound; the second brother said, who was a hunter, 
that he could shoot an arrow which could reach to 
the sky ; and the third brother, who was a canoeman, 
said that he could swim the sea which surrounded 
the town. When the King heard what the turtle 
told him, he was annoyed at what he thought were 
vain boastings. He at once sent for the three broth- 
ers and told them that if each of them did not do 
what he said he could do, he would punish the three 
of them within seven days. 

The brothers were afraid and told the king they 
had not said anything of the kind. But the King 
would not listen. As they were wondering what they 
should do, a bird alighted on their house and began 
to sing thus : 

"Three men were playing: One said he could 
climb the cocoanut tree, another said he could shoot 
the sky, the third said he could swim round the deep 
sea. A great man is he who can climb the tallest 



cocoanut tree ; a great man is Ke who can shoot the 
sky ; a great man is he who can swim round the sea." 

As they were listening to the song of this bird, 
the first brother who was a farmer, went outside, 
and as he looked up to see the bird who thus sang, 
he saw that a rope, such as is used for climbing 
trees, fell from the sky. He picked it up with joy. 
On the next day the bird sang as before, and when 
the second brother looked up, a bow and arrows 
dropped down, and he likewise picked them up with 
joy. On the third day the bird began to sing again, 
and as the third brother looked up, a loin-cloth drop- 
ped down, and he also picked it up with joy. 

The three brothers were now happy, and they 
eagerly looked forward to the day the King had 
fixed. When the day arrived, all the people of the 
town gathered together at the King's house to see 
the wonders which the three brothers had promised 
to perform. Then the eldest brother climbed the 
cocoanut tree, the second shot at the sky, with his 
bow and arrows, and the third with the aid of his 
magic cloth, swam in the sea right around the 
town. Now the King was so delighted with their 
feats that he divided his property among the three 
brothers. But the wicked turtle was beheaded be- 
cause he had slandered the brothers and lied to the 
King. No man can avoid evil words that are said 
about them, but we do know that our Heavenly Fa- 
ther always protects those who are innocent and 
tells the truth. We as children must not resent in- 
juries or unkindness, but must return good for evil. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 



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Forward Go 



Before them lay the ivaters deep, 

Behind them was a mighty host, 
The enemies of righteousness 

Marched on with sneering boast. 
God's people's hearts did quake loith fear, 

They cried to God the ivay to shoiv, 
Said Moses: God ivill fight for you, 

And you shall ivin, so "forward go." 

God said to Moses, lift thy rod. 

And stretch it forth out o'er the sea, 
The waters shall obey the tvill, 

Of every heart who trusts in me. 
And then unto the tvind he spoke. 

And caused the water not to floiv. 
The waves piled up on either side, 

The way is open, "forward go." 

God's people walked iq^on dry land, 

Down through the bottom of the sea. 
The Lord himself was leading on. 

He said. My people shall go free. 
Thine enemies are mine, he said, 

I'll bury them in depths below. 
They shall not have the victory. 

It shall be thine, so ".forward go." 

And as that great Egyptian host. 

Was buried in the ivaters wild. 
Just so when God is on our side. 

He protects, as a mother doth her child. 
Tho' storms may often round us rage, 

The ivind may sometimes howl and blow. 
Our hand in his, we hear him say, 

"Lo, I am with you, forward go." 

The enemies of God and right. 
Now seem to win in this fair land. 

They seem to triu7nph in their might, 
And have their way on every hayid. 



But God is ever on the Throne, 

He's tvaiting noiv his poiver to show. 

His mighty Hand is leading on, 

The right must win, so "forward go." 

Behind us ivomen lays the past. 

Our failures and successes too, 
We've wrought for God as best we could. 

And tried his blessed ivill to do. 
Against this mighty host of sin. 

We're marching on as best tve know, 
Our foe. Intemperance, ive must defeat, 

And with God's help, tve forward go. 

Another year is just ahead. 

But tvhat the future holds in store, 
We know not, but King Alcohol, 

Must soon be driven from our shore. 
So by God's help we'll do our best. 

For God and right our love to show. 
To drive this devil from our land, 

And in his strength we "forward go." 

And from this awful curse of rum. 

Our nation fair must soon be freed, 
Our children and our youth be saved. 

From vile man's pitiless cruel greed. 
Yes, in his strength ive're going to win. 

We will defeat this mighty foe. 
We know our Christ is on our side. 

And in his Name, ive "forward go." 

Yes, in our Saviour's conquering Name, 

Our dear W. C. T. U. band. 
Is going forth to victory. 

And conquer sin in our fair land. 
Our Lord has said there's grace enough. 

And day by day he'll strength reneiv, 
We cannot, ivill not call retreat. 

There's no way back, we "forward go." 
West Somerville, Mass. 



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WORSHIP PROGRAM 
MARCH 




Topic: What the World Owes to 
Christian Leaders 

Song: "If Jesus Goes With Me." 

It may be in the valley, 
Where countless dangers hide; 
It may be in the sunshine 
That I in peace abide; 
But this one thing I know — 
If it be dark or fair, 



If Jesus is with me, 

I'll go anywhere. 

Chorus : 

If Jesus goes with me I'll go anywhere! 

'Tis heaven to me, where'er I may be, 

If He is there! 

I count it a privilege here His cross to bear 

If Jesus goes with me I'll go anywhere! 

It may be I must carry 
The blessed word of life 
Across the burning desert 
To those in sinful strife; 
And tho' it be my lot 
To bear my colors there, 
If Jesus goes with me, 
I'll go anywhere. 

It is not mine to question 
The judgments of my Lord, 
It is but mine to follow 
The leadings of His word; 
But if to go or stay. 
Or whether here or there, 
I'll be with my Savior, 
Content anywhere. 



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ScKiPTUBE: Is. 55:1-4. 

Pkayer. 

Business. 

Song: "Wonderful Power." 

Wonderful power of my wonderful King! 

Mercy unbounded, I gratefully sing; 

From all the billows that round me may roll, 

Able and willing to rescue my soul. 

Chorus : 

Wonderful power, wonderful power! 

Saving me, keeping me, life's every hour; 

Gladly I sing, trustfully sing. 

Wonderful power of my wonderful King. 

Wonderful power of the prayer-hearing Lord; 
Trial a claim on his grace will afford ; 
On my dear Savior I cast every care, 
Able and willing to answer my prayer. 

Wonderful power that will guide me aright. 
Lead me from shadows to marvelous light; 



In fierce temptations, my refuge and stay, 
Able and willing to keep me each day. 

Peayer. 

Bible Study : "Procla, Wife of Pilate." 

Solo : "Confidence." 

Topic : "What the World Owes to Paul." 

Poem : "Consequences." 

Topic : "What the World Owes to Martin Luther." 

Topic : "What the World Owes to Alexander Mack." 

Discussion : "What Makes a Man Valuable to the 

World." 
Benediction : The Lord bless thee and keep thee, 

The Lord make His face to shine upon thee 
and be gracious unto thee, 

The Lord lift up His countenance upon 
thee, and give thee peace. Amen. 



What the World Owes to Paul 



Rev. C. A. Stewart 



What We Owe any one is usually determined by 
what service has been rendered or value received. 
So to determine what the world owes to Paul we 
would have to make some calculation as to what serv- 
ice Paul has rendered to the world. This cannot be 
measured and the great amount of good that Paul 
did to stem the tidal wave of sin and keep it from 
sweeping the world and taking a toll of many pre- 
cious souls, only eternity can tell. His influence did 
not die with him. While he went up and down the 
land establishing churches and preaching the Word 
of God and fighting zealously for the cause of right- 
eousness and giving his life without stint, and was a 
mighty force in his day yet his influence like a great 
shadow has come sweeping down through the ages 
across the centuries and is still a mighty force. His 
writings have molded the religious thought of all 
Christendom through the many centuries. Any one 
reading the writings of Paul today will find in them 
a fervor, and a zeal, and a courage that is seldom 
found any where among men. This at once fasci- 
nates the reader and makes an impression on him. 
And as we study the conditions of the world at the 
time of Paul and his circumstances with which, he 
was surrounded, and the sacrifices he made, there 
is at once an impression burned into the soul of the 
reader, and he begins to think that there is after all 
something with a mighty power back of a life like 
that. While the life of Paul shines out like a bright 
star set in the heavens in the night, yet he is only hu- 
man, and all the powers of the human race could not 
have such an effect, and we search at once for the 
cause of it all and find that his life is only a guiding 
star to the mighty Son of Righteousness. We at once 



discover that all Paul was and did was not of him- 
self but the Christ he represented. And this is as 
Paul would have it- for in his writings he be- 
gins his letters with "Paul an apostle of Jesus 
Christ by the will of God." His whole life from the 
time of his conversion was given in a desire to mag- 
nify Christ. He not only magnified Christ by pre- 
senting him to the sinner, but by rebuking sin in 
the church as well. He did not forget his churches 
after establishing them. He braved all kinds of haz- 
ards, storms at sea, and death at the hands of the 
Jews, that the church may be planted in every part 
of the world, and then he followed up the work by 
visiting and writing and keeping the church in the 
right path. His zeal for Christ is shown in rebuk- 
ing legalism and unsound doctrines. 

The earnestness of Paul has influenced the world 
and is making its appeal today to every reader of 
his writings. His earnestness is seen in the perse- 
cution of the church before he met Jesus. He was 
no hypocrite. He later said he thought he was doing 
right when he was trying to stamp out the church 
and all followers of Christ. After meeting the Lord 
Jesus Christ face to face and seeing his mistake he 
was just as earnest in following the Lord as he was 
fighting him before. Had he not been earnest he 
would not have made the sacrifices he made. Paul 
was not an ordinary man, he was a man of author- 
ity and honor, and held a high position with the 
government that was seeking to destroy the church. 
He was a leader of men, and all this had to be given ^ 
up and he took his place with the despised and ha- 
ted, and when bound to the soldiers or when before 
the great judge in whose hands was his fate, he 



February 8, 1936. 



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preached to them the gospel of Christ. When he 
stood before Agrippa and made his plea he almost 
forgot that he was making a plea for his own life 
and plead vvith Agrippa to believe and be a Christ- 
ian. He said to the king "I would to God that not 
only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were 
both almost, and altogether such as I am except 
these bonds." His earnestness and zeal did not cool 
when he was attacked and driven from the cities. 
He only rejoiced that he could suffer for Christ. Such 
earnestness as that can not help but have its effect 
upon the world. That influence lives in the life of 
every true Christian today. If Paul would have 
been half-hearted in his work for the Lord, no one 
would believe in the Christ he served. Half-heart- 
edness never accomplished anything worth while. 
Half-hearted Christians would do well to read the 
writings of Paul and notice the earnestness with 
which he went about his work. All this has made 
its contribution to the world, and has kept the 
Church on the forward march. 

The world owes a great deal to Paul, more than 



tongue can tell for the efforts he has put forth in 
the world to keep the powers of sin from sweeping 
over it. Paul knew what was wrong with the world 
and the deceitfulness of sin. He declared that he 
was the chief of sinner. He also knew the remedy 
for sin and the only thing that would cure the ills 
of the world. Paul believed in the Power of the 
blood of Christ and he did not hesitate to preach it. 
Such men as Paul who believed in Christ and with 
earnestness and zeal went out to tell the world about 
him are the men who have lifted the world to high- 
er levels and raised it to higher standards of right- 
eousness. Back of all Paul did was the power of 
Christ, and if He is eliminated every bit of good in 
all the world is eliminated. 

So it is impossible to fully realize all that the 
world owes to Paul, and we will never know until 
the Lord in His wisdom reveals it to us when we 
stand on the other shore and see the great throng 
that has been saved because of his efforts. 

Bryan, Ohio. 



What the World Owes to Martin Luth 



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Rev. S. C. Henderson 



In The Year 1611, a German monk made a pil- 
grimage to Rome. As the story goes, he visited all 
the holy shrines of the Catholic church in the city. 
He said masses in several of the churches, and 
adored the sacred relics of the saints. At last, one 
day he was ascending the sacred stairway, said to be 
the identical stairs over which the Savior passed out 
of Pilate's judgment hall on his way to Golgotha. 
The monk went up the stairs on his knees, pausing 
upon each step to say an Ava Maria and kissing the 
step ahead as he ascended. But then of a sudden 
there came a voice within saying, "The just shall 
live by their faith, the Just shall live by their faith." 
That Monk was Martin Luther who later began the 
Protestant reformation. 

But before we can fully appreciate Luther or the 
Reformation, we must know something about the 
age and the church that preceded him. Let us go 
back to the second century of the Christian church. 
The church began to drift from the simplicity and 
teachings of the Apostolic Age. There is in the 
Philosophy of Religion what is called "syncretism," 
that is where one religion borrows beliefs and cus- 
toms from another. 

The predecessors of the Apostolic age were not all 
very careful about the purity of the Master's teach- 
ings. The infant church came into a world of pagan 
cults, and many times the new convert retained 
many of his old superstitious beliefs and customs. 



Then often whole kingdoms became "Christian" 
when the rulers embraced the new faith. A decree 
was made that all the subjects were to be baptized 
in mass. Customs in Easter observances and Christ- 
mas were borrowed from the heathen festivals. Oth- 
er days like St. Valentine's day and All Saints days 
were rechristened to some saint. The dead saints 
often become a substitute to a heathen deity. 

To appeal to the Greek minds, theology gave place 
to philosophy. Aristotle occupied about as important 
a place with the old schoolmen as St. Paul and the 
Old Testament writings. 

The simple congregational church government of 
the Apostolic church gave way to the rule of bish- 
ops, the Roman provincial capitals becoming the 
center of the dioceses. It was only a natural conse- 
quence that the Bishop of Rome should in time 
usurp the head of the church. The civil capital of 
the Empire become the religious capital also. The 
bishop at Rome hit on a novel plan by using the 
claim of being the successor of St. Peter. Although 
the tradition of St. Peter being the founder of the 
church in Rome is an open question of debate. Nei- 
ther St. Paul or Luke mentions him in their writ- 
ings in connection with the church at Rome. When 
the Roman Empire went to pieces under the pres- 
sure of the Barbarian invasion into Europe, the 
popes stood ready to usurp its powers. In time its 
temporal power rose above that of kings and queens. 



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Kings, like Henry IV of Germany, were compelled 
to the most humilating penance when they displeas- 
ed the Papal will. 

With the overthrow of the Roman Empire, we 
enter the period known as the "Middle Ages" or the 
"Dark Ages." It was a period when all progress in 
learning, and civilization halted. The most conse- 
crated fled from the sins of the world and hid them- 
selves away behind the cloistered walls of monaster- 
ies and nunneries, and the world was permitted to 
drift on in sin. It was in the old monk's cells where 
the candle of learning burned with a feeble flicker- 
ing flame. The great mass of the people outside 
were ignorant and superstitious. 

The social and intellectual life in the great out- 
side world grew darker and darker. The common 
people became surfs of the great feudal landlords, 
who bought and sold them with his patrimony. 

The spiritual advisors were ignorant and unfit to 
give men and women the spiritual guidance of their 
souls. Even the most intellectual of the time were 
engrossed in the vageries of philosophy and the- 
ology of how many demons could dance upon a point 
of a needle. The churchmen became corrupt and 
vicious. Under some of the inedieval popes the Vati- 
can became a hotbed of vice and debauchery. Dis- 
sipation often ruled within the monasteries. 



Time and again some noble souls lifted up their 
voices like the prophets of ancient Israel. Francis 
of Assesi, Savonorola, John Wycliff, Jerome of Pra- 
gue and John Huss are bright names of the pre-Re- 
formation period. Many of these men became, 
martyrs for their faith. j 

In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries a new 
movement was begun. It has been called the Revival; 
of Learning. The old learning was revived and new! 
ideas came to the surface. Glorious as this age was 
in stimulating art, literature, science and building 
and adorning the great cathedrals, the great mass- 
es of the people were left to their ignorance and 
superstitions. They were burdened with taxes and 
levies to build the great cathedrals whose beauty we 
admire today. 

Pope Leo X wanted to rebuild St. Peter's Cathe- 
dral in Rome. He dared not make a direct levy up- 
on the people, so he hit upon a plan to raise money 
for the undertaking. The church for a long time 
granted indulgences for sins committed, and the 
church claimed that it had a right to remit sin. The 
indulgences were first meant to free the guilty from 
the power of the civil law. But Leo X extended his 
temporal power to include purgatory also. For a 
stated sum, the pope would release the sinful soul 
from the pains of purgatory. Later he sold indul- 



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onsequences 



A traveler on a dusty road 

Strewed acorns on the lea; 

And one took root and sprouted u-p. 

And grew into a tree. 

Love sought its shade at evening time, 

To breathe his early vows, 

And age ivas pleased, in heats of noon. 

To bask beneath its bows: 

The dormouse loved its dangling tivigs, 

The birds sweet music bore; 

It stood a glory in its place, 

A blessing evermore. 



A dreamer dropped a random thought; 

'Twas old, and yet 'twas new; 

A simple fancy of the brain. 

But strong in being true. 

It shone above a genial mind, 

And lo! its light became 

A la?nj} of life, a beacon ray, 

A monitory flame. 

The thought was small, its issue great; 

A watchfire on the hill: 

It shed its radiance far adown. 

And cheers the valley still. 



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A little spring had lost its way 

Amid the grass and fern; 

A passing stranger scooped a well 

Where weary men might turn. 

He walled it in, and hung with care 

A ladle at the brink: 

He thought not of the deed he did. 

But judged that all might drink. 

He paused again, and lo! the well, 

By summer never dried. 

Had cooled ten thousand parching tongues 

And saved a life beside. 



A nameless man, amid a crowd 

That thronged the daily mart. 

Let fall a word of hope and love. 

Unstudied from the heart; 

A whisper on the tumult throne, 

A transitory breath — 

It raised a brother from the dust. 

It saved a soul from death. 

O germ! A Fount! Word of Love! 

Thought at random cast! 

Ye were but little at the first. 

But mighty at the last. 



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gences for past sins and foi- sins not yet committed. 
It was then that robbers and highwaymen pur- 
chased indulgences in order that they might kill and 
rob and still have divine forgiveness for their crim- 
inal acts. To gather the needed finance, the pope 
sent a monk named Tetzel into Germany to sell in- 
dulgences to the people. Tetzel claimed that he had 
the right to sell indulgences not only for little sins 
but also for murder and polygamy also. 

November 1, 1517, was announced as a great day 
in the old University town of Wittenburg. Elector 
Frederick was to display the bones and other relics 
of the saints to the people. Tetzel and his gorgeous 
train were to arrive and offer indulgences to all who 
had the money to buy. Late in the afternoon of Oc- 
tober 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed to the door his 
ninety-five theses or propositions written in Latin 
against the sale of the indulgences. With the blows 
of the hammer, he set all Germany into a commotion 
that took wings and spread over all northern and 
western Europe, The Reformation was on. 

Luther little then understood what he had done. 
He had meant to only purify the church within. 
Kings and princes rallied to his cause until the sep- 
aration from the Catholic church became inevitable. 
The reformer and his successors, Zwingle, Calvin, 
Alexander Mack and others carried on his work as 
the Lord led them. 

To appreciate the Reformation, we must know 
something about the man of courage and convictions 
who started it. The soul of any great movement is 
expressed in the personality of the leader. We in- 
carnate the spirit of America in Washington and 
Lincoln. We often know more about the leader 
than we do the cause he represented. Goethe has 
said, "There is nothing more interesting in the Re- 
formation than the character of Martin Luther." J. 
Freesman Clarke said, "Luther was an epoch mak- 
ing personality. If the man could have done noth- 
ing without the hour, the hour would have passed 
unless the man appeared." 

Luther was the son of a poor miner in the Hartz 
mountains. His mother was a good woman, but like 
most peasants of her time, very superstitious. She 
used to tell little Martin stories of the witches and 
spooks until his hair stood straight up on his head, 
and he feared to go to bed in the dark. The dis- 
cipline in the home was very severe. Martin had to 
learn the lesson, that so many youths have failed to 
learn, reverence and obedience. The father wished 
him to become a lawyer. He later attracted the at- 
tention of a wealthy lady, who made it possible for 
him to attend the University at Erfurth. One day 
while he was rummaging around the old library, he 
came across a copy of an old Latin Bible. He read 
it with interest and found that it contained much 
that he had never heard before. He was then about 
twenty years old and had never heard of the Bible. 



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About this time a member of his family died and 
Luther narrowly escaped being killed by lightning. 
These things made a deep impression on his mind. 
A few days later, he called his companions together 
and announced his intention of entering a monas- 
tery. Here he tried to find peace of soul. He fasted 
and prayed until he wasted away, a monk's picture 
of true piety. His name was known beyond the 
walls as "the Young Saint." But with all his fasts 
and vigils he did not find the peace of soul he sought. • 

He was called to become a professor, in the new 
University of Wittenburg and in 1511, Elector 
Fredrick sent him on a mission to Rome. It was 
during his visit there, that the story of the ascent 
of the sacred stairs occurred. But he also could not 
overlook the abuses of the Catholic clergy — their 
feasting and rioting, and the prodigal luxury of the 
pope. When he returned to Wittenburg, the old Lat- 
in Bible was dearer to him than ever. Upon it and 
upon it alone he stood when he was called to Worms 
to answer the charges that were preferred against 
him. His friends urged him not to go. They knew the 
fate of John Huss in Bohemia, who had been prom- 
ised safe conduct, but was sent to the stake for his 
faith. But Luther said, "I will go to Worms if there 
are there as many devils as the tiles upon the roofs." 
In the hall there were 204 of the highest dignitaries 
of the empire. The emperor, dukes, electors, bish- 
ops and cardinals. Before them stood a lone monk. 
When they asked him if he would retract, he replied, 
"Unless I am convinced by the Holy Scriptures, I 
cannot, I will not retract." And at last being weary 
of their questions he exclaimed, "Here I stand, I 
cannot do otherwise. May God help me." 

The sentiment was so strong among the peasants, 
so the diet failed to re-enact the scene at Prague. 
As he was returning, some of his friends met him 
and carried him away to a castle of a friendly duke 
where he began to translate the old Latin Bible into 
the German language. It was with this old German 
translation that Alexander Mack and his associates 
began the Dunker movement at Schwarzenau. It 
was this translation that Christopher Saur used in 
publishing the first Bible printed in the New World. 
Luther later married an ex-nun and lived a happy 
married life. His jolly disposition and his brusk 
out-spoken manner often brought criticism. But he 
was the most highly educated man of his time and 
his works stand as monuments to his fame. 

The Protestant churches owe to Martin Luther a 
great debt of gratitude. It was Luther who made 
the first successful organized break against the Ro- 
man Catholic church. The power of the Pope was 
challenged. The inner life of the church was puri- 
fied, and many of the vageries and syncretic prac- 
tices were purged out of the church. 

Then Luther put the Bible into the language of 
the people. The Bible became the center of author- 



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ity rather than the voice of the church. Each per- 
son had the right to read and interpret the Book for 
themselves. The Bible became the warp and woof 
of the old German nations. Their social, education- 
al and political life reflected its teachings. It was 
not only the source Book of the clergy but for the 
humble peasant also. 

Then Luther re-established the sermon to its 
rightful place in public worship. With the Roman 
Catholic church the mass is the center of worship, 
but in our protestant churches it is the preached 
Word. A minister in the Catholic sense is a priest 
and in the protestant sense he is a prophet. The 
fort of our Protestant faith stands or falls upon the 
Preaching of the Word. The danger of the church 
today is its carelessness and indifference to the pul- 
pit message. 

Then Martin Luther was responsible for the' mod- 
ern methods of music in our Protestant churches. 
His co-laborer was Philip Melancthon, who often has 
been styled "The father of Protestant church mus- 
ic." The Roman church has its great choirs with 
its old Latin hymns, but Luther had the congrega- 
tions sing in their native tongue. Luther wrote 
many hymns and songs for his people, among which 
is the grand old Hymn of the Reformation : 



"A Mighty Fortress is our God, 
A Bulwark never failing." 

Then Luther opened the way for further reforms 
within the church. A great wave of religious fervor 
swept through Germany. The peasants became 
students of the Bible ; the movement led to the estab- 
lishing of many small sects. The Pietists were not 
a mere peasant movement, but many of the learned 
and educated found refuge in its ranks. Among 
these were Alexander Mack and his associates. They 
spent their time in Bible study, prayer and acts of 
charity. They felt the great need of the re-estab- 
lishment of apostolic Christianity, in contrast with 
the formal state churches from which they were 
driven. They made no human creed, but sought it 
in the teachings of Jesus Christ. They adopted the 
New Testament as the "rule and practice." They 
sought to follow the spirit and teachings of the Lord 
and Master Jesus Christ in all things. As a church 
we owe Martin Luther a debt of gratitude when he 
translated that old Latin Bible into the language of 
the people and made it a light unto their feet and 
a lamp unto their pathway. 

Leon, Iowa. 



What the World Owes to Alexander Mack 



Rev. Freeman Ankrum 



In Contemplating the above subject, it is real- 
ized that there may be a tendency to read into the 
works of a writer things not originally intended. 
There is no thought in this short article of entering 
into any theological discussion or criticism. I doubt 
very much if Alexander Mack had any intention of 
giving what might be styled a "new theology," but 
rather desired a return to the old paths as indicated 
by the Book of Books. When we contemplate the 
early years of the infant church we may forget the 
fact that when Alexander Mack led the group that 
early morning in 1708 to the river's brink for New 
Testament baptism, that he was a young man of 29 
years. Six years later he published in Schwarzenau 
Germany the answers to Gruber's 39 questions. A 
perusal of these in the light of some of the recent 
discussions among our Brethren will indicate that 
the writer must have been led by the Holy Spirit in 
his answers thus recorded. Alexander Mack did not 
set eyes upon the work in America until 1729 when 
he had reached 50 years of age, and then it was only 
his privilege to be with it some six years until his 
hands were folded in peace across his breast. How- 



ever, not until he had given to America and the 
world a church, or a people who have stood through 
more than two hundred years for that which is solid 
and substantial in the best citizenship of any coun- 
try. Alexander Mack has given the world a people 
who realized the evils of war, and therefore declared 
for peace. He gave to the world a people who real- 
ized that no man should own another and deprive 
him of the right of freedom, and therefore set be- 
fore the country long before the Civil War the right 
of freedom for the oppressed black race. Through 
him and his early followers we have given to all, the 
fact that intemperance in alcohol is disastrous to all 
concerned. Thus some of the things that we as a 
nation finally reached and agreed upon were first 
launched in the councils of the Brethren groups. 
Long before Robert Raikes gave instruction to the 
street waifs of London, England, the followers of 
Alexander Mack — not the followers, but those who 
were followers of the Christ because of his leader- 
ship realized the need of religious instruction and so 
gave it in Germantown, Pennsylvania. While there 
are today three outstanding groups of Brethren who 



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trace their ancestry as a church to Mack, there are 
likewise smaller groups that either in part or whole 
owe their origin to this same man. It is unfortu- 
nate that people with a common ancestry and having 
more in common than that which divides them can- 
not unite forces against the evil that threatens to 
overthrow and engulf the Christian churches of this 
day. The solid fundamentals that furnish the foun- 
dation piers of our country and civilization do not 
change with the years. God's moral laws have not 
been repealed or amended. Not only in the broad 
reaches of America but wherever civilized man is 
found, there will be found some one who has been 
influenced either directly or indirectly by the teach- 
ings and basic fundamentals of life as known and 
proclaimed by the people commonly known as 
"Tunkers or Dunkards." Not so much in political 
life, which is more or less the froth of civilized gov- 
ernment, but in the underlying bulwark of our 
country do we iind the Brethren background and 
influence. 

"What the World Owes to Alexander Mack," no 
man knows. Only eternity when the saints are all 
gathered in from the East and the West and the 
North and the South, when our Lord shall return 
shall reveal the amount of credit due this young man 
who was willing in a time of difficulty to point the 
way back to God. Truly he must have spent much 
time in the "upper room" awaiting the leading of 
the Spirit before he took the step that gave the 
world a new denomination of people. New in that 
it took God's word to mean what it said. There are 
times though in this modern day when his spirit 
should hover near to point over the shoulder of the 
one who is explaining it away and lead back to the 
fundamentals. Often the fact is deplored that alto- 
gether we do not constitute as large a following as 
is found elsewhere under other denominational 
names. To my mind this is not against us, but for 
us. His flock is not a large flock, but a little flock. 
To be tremenduously large and likewise proportion- 
ately effective will never be for the Brethren people. 
It is not a popular thing today, nor has it been at 
any time since those days of 1708 to accept the word 
of God and practice the things which have been so 
plainly set forth in its pages. 

Alexander Mack has not given to the world the 
things mentioned in this article as indicated by 
those who have worn the name Brethren, but he has 
given to America descendants in name and blood 
who still stand for the fundamentals that he gave, 
and who may be found today enriching the commun- 
ities in which they dwell. (Freeman Ankrum, Gra- 
tis, Ohio, Seventh Lineal descendant of Alexander 
Mack) . 





Nothing dries sooner than tears. 



SIGNAL LIGHTS 

DEPARTMENT 



Program for March, 1936 

Mrs. Herbert L. Briscoe 

Song : "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name." 

Prayer: Give thanks to God for Jesus, His Son. 
And for our homes in a land where Christ is known. 

Scripture: Acts 13:46-49. 

All repeat Matthew 28:19, 20. 

This story is not one written by our missionaries, 
but as we study about "How We Learned About 
Jesus,'' let us think of how gladly our missionaries 
are telling others about Jesus. Maybe, when you 
are grown, you will want to go and tell others about 
Jesus, too. 

In the wonderful days when Jesus was here 
among men. He called His twelve friends together 
one day to tell them He was soon going back to 
heaven, and He taught them two words: The first 
word was "Go" and the second was "Teach." This 
was the way He said it to them : "Go ye into all the 
world and teach the gospel to the nations, and I will 
always be with you." 

So they began going to the cities near them, to 
teach the people about Jesus, but somehow they 
never got so very far from home because they 
thought Jesus meant them to tell only people who 
were Jews, like themselves. But perhaps you re- 
member Jesus had especially said, "Go into all the 
world." So although by this time He was in heaven, 
He could see perfectly well what was in their 
hearts, — He knew that they simply hated anybody 
who was not a Jew, they even called them "Dogs." 
So He had to tell them by dreams and visions that 
He meant everybody everywhere in every land; so 
then one of His friends named Peter and another 
one named Paul began long travels far away from 
home spreading the story of Jesus' name. Little 
churches were built so these new believers could 
have places to worship in, and they were such dif- 
ferent people after they accepted Jesus that they 
were nicknamed "Christians" — "Jesus Christ's 
Men." Nicknames are said unkindly, but they 
liked theirs so much that even down to today it is 
a nickname millions and millions of people are 
proud to bear, all over the world. 

After these first friends of Jesus had carried the 
story into Syria and Asia Minor and Greece they 
became old men — some of them, so old that they 
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about Jesus. We call these friends "Martyrs," be- 
cause they were willing to die for Jesus, they cared 
so much for Him. But there were other people wil- 
ling to take their places, and keep on spreading the 
good news. Then it was carried into Italy, and from 
Italy up into France. We know more about French 
people since the war, don't we? So it seems queer 
to remember that once these men and women of 
France had great-great-great-grandfathers who 
were the wildest kind of savages you can imagine. 
They had no cities or towns, no houses, no schools, 
no churches, no books. They just wandered all over 
the country killing wild animals and killing their 
enemies, too. But the missionaries from Italy told 
these wandering savages about Jesus, they taught 
them to read and to pray, until they grew milder 
and kinder and built villages and towns and cities. 
Then they went over the sea to England, and the 
people there were even worse savages ! That seems 
funny to you and me as we think of these fine Eng- 
lish people, that their great-great-great-grandfath- 
ers went around with big clubs hitting down their 
enemies and stealing and being the worst kind of 
heathen. But neither Frenchmen, nor Dutchmen, 
nor Englishmen nor Americans would be civilized 
today, or know how to read and write if those first 
friends of Jesus had not traveled westward in their 
journeys from Palestine to Greece, from Greece to 
Italy, and from Italy to France, from France to 
England, and from England to America. Suppose 
they had gone eastward instead — from Palestine to 
Arabia, from Arabia to India, from India to China, 
from China to Japan ! Then the people to whom we 
send missionaries would have to send missionaries 
to us, for we might be the most dreadful heathen 
ourselves. Not one of you girls would know how to 
read a word, or write, or count, or spell or play the 
piano, because in heathen lands fathers and mothers 
do not care for girls as much as boys. Can you pic- 
ture our town as a heathen town? — no churches or 
Sunday Schools, of course; no public schools; no 
libraries; no drug stores; no doctors; no hospitals; 
no second story to our houses — for isn't it queer? 
only in Christian lands do homes have two floors! 
So aren't you glad somebody told our Great-Great- 
Grandfathers? I am! 

But I rather hate to think of all the people who 
haven't been told yet, — black people in Africa, 
brown people in India and Arabia, yellow people in 
China, white people everywhere. There is some- 
thing in all their hearts that makes them want to 
fold their hands and say prayers. Only because 
they have never heard of Jesus, they have made 
foolish little idols carved out of wood, and stone, to 
worship ! 

I have one little American story about a boy 
called Jimmie. Jimmie's mother gave him a list of 
thing? gh§ wanted him to get at a grocery store. 



When he got there the grocery man wrapped up th€ 
things, Jimmie tucked them under his arm and was 
walking out of the store, when the groceryman said : 
"Well, sonny, by the way — how about paying mc 
back for all those things?" 

You ought to have seen Jimmie jump! "Oh! 1 
com-completely for-forgot about t-telling you!" he 
stammered. "You're to charge everything to f-fa- 
ther!" 

So the grocery man took his pencil from behind 
his ear and his notebook from his pocket, saying; 
"And who is your father?" 

Jimmie nearly dropped all the packages: "Whj 
don't you know my father?" he gasped. 

The grocery man said : "No ! never heard of him ! 
Who is he, anyhow?" 

But Jimmie wasn't over being surprised yet: 
"Why I supposed everybody knew my father!" he 
said. "I'm so sorry you don't. You see, mister, 1 
know him — just as easy!" 

I love that little story, and every time I see boys 
and girls sitting in Sunday School or the Children's 
Missionary Society the way you are, with plenty ol 
Bibles and hymn books everywhere, I begin making 
all sorts of little pictures in my mind. I pretend ] 
see little red children, and black children, and brown 
children, and yellow children walking right into oui 
room, and when they hear us singing out of oui 
hymn books, and reading out of our Bibles, anc 
praying "Our Father who art in heaven," then ] 
know I can hear surprised little voices asking, "Why 
who is your father in heaven, anyway?" And I al- 
ways hear you answering: "Why, don't you know 
our Father? I'm so sorry. I thought everybody knew 
Him- — ^just as easy!" 

But all trie red and t)iack and brown and yellow 
children sadly shake their heads, and then like Jim- 
mie I hear you stammering: "Oh, I'm so sorry, but 
I com-completely for-forgot about t-telling you!" 
And of course it isn't fair for us to walk off happily 
with all the good things in life tucked under our 
arms, is it? 

Shouldn't we willingly give of our best 
Since the gospel of Jesus was first carried west, 
(And America, England and France were blest?) 
Song : "We've a Story to Tell to the Nations." 
Report of the "Doing Without Boxes." 
Offering. 

Roll Call : Answer with name of a missionary. 
Secretary's Report. 
Announcements or Business. 
Dismissed with all repeating the Lord's Prayer. 
Claypool, Ind. 



Music is the first, the simplest, the most effective 
of all instruments of moral instruction. 

—John RuskinJ 



'ebruary 8, 1936. 



Report of the Matron of the Brethren Home 



Gifts for the year of 1935 

2 wash clothes, 2 pair hose, 4 tea 
owels, 1 rug, 5 yards gingham from 
he Sisterhood girls of Vinco, Pa. 

2 sheets, 7 towels, 1 pair pillow 
lips, 1 pair hose, 3 pair curtains, 2 
Iresser scarfs^ 15% yards new ma- 
erial, 6 wash clothes, 1 pot holder, 13 
ars toilet soap, 1 rug, 1 apron, pack- 
,ge old material, quilt scraps from the 
leyersdale. Pa. Sunday School. 

Quilt pieces from the following: 
I'rancis Royer, Morrill, Kans.; Jr. Sis- 
erhood, Dayton, Ohio; W. M. S., Fort 
Icott, Kans.; M. Kennedy, Hathoro, 
'a.; Margaret Lowery, Fairplay, Md. 

Material for 11 aprons from the 
V. M. S. at Meyersdale, Pa. 

Print for dresses from the W. M. S. 
t Raystown, Pa. 

Rug made of silk from the W. M. S. 
t Huntington, Ind. 

2 pair of curtains from the Dutch- 
own W. M. S., Warsaw, Ind. 

Rug from Mrs. Onia Harden and 
Irs. Anna Hale of Leon, Iowa. 

Quilt from Sr. Sisterhood of Lost 
!reek, Kentucky. 

Cushion and back for chair from 
Irs. Sewell Landrum of Lost Creek, 

:y. 

Piano from Florence Crawford of 
)elphi, Ind. 

Delivery of piano by Emmet Eaton 
f Flora, Ind. 

Print, tape and thread for 3 aprons, 

bath towel, quilt pieces, from the Sr. 
listerhood of South Bend, Ind. 

Gooseberries from Mrs. Fred Voor- 
ees of Flora, Ind. 

2 baskets of apples from Mrs. J. J. 
boskuski of Flora. 

1 rug, 2 wash clothes, 5 towels and 

dresser scarf from Jr. Sisterhood of 
!onemaugh^ Pa. 

1 comfort from the W. M. S. of Beth- 
1 Brethren Church at Osceola, Ind. 

17 towels from the W. M. S. of Falls 
lity, Nebr. 

Coat from Box 314 at Muncie, Ind. 

Blanket from Mrs. Eph. Culp of 
roshen, Ind. 

Box of black walnut meats from In- 
ermcdiate C. E. of Krypton, Ky. 

2 pair of pillow cases, 1 handker- 
hief, 17 towels, 7 pot holders, 2 wash 
loths and 25c in cash from the W. M. 
i. of Beaver City, Nebr. 

Comfort from the W. M. S. of Fair- 
aven, Ohio. 

Comfort from the W. M S. of Terra 
ilta, W. Va. 

1 bed tray, 1 bed table from the 
^. M. S. of Ft. Scott, Kans. 

1 bed table from the Falls City, 
Jebr., W. M. S. 

3 pair of pillow cases, 1 handker- 
hief, 3 pair of hose, 1 apron, mate- 
ial and thread for 4 aprons and 2 
resses, 13 towels, 3 sheets, 2 night 
owns, 1 comfort from the W. M. S. of 



Mount Olive Church, at McGaheysville, 
Va. 

I comfort and 11 handkerchiefs from 
the W. M. S. LaVerne, Calif. 

II handkerchiefs from W. M. S. of 
Muncie, Ind. 

5 handkerchiefs, paper napkins, 2 
wash clothes, 1 towel from Mrs. Olive 
Bayles, Denver, Ind. 

Individual gifts for all, hose, scarfs, 
dress material, fruit cakes, candy, 
combs, pictures, shoulderettes, slippers, 
stationary, and gifts for Mr. Myers 
and myself from the Sisterhood of 
Wash., D. C. 

Calendars, handkerchiefs, motto and 
a box of lovely homemade candy for 
each member and myself from the Rose 
Circle Sunday School Class of Mar- 
tinsburg. Pa. 

10 pair of hose, 4 handkerchiefs and 
gifts for the little daughter of our 
helpers from the Sr. Sisterhood of 
Kittanning, Pa. 

1 pair hose, 7 wash clothes, 5 towels, 
2 pair pillow cases, handkerchiefs from 
the W. M. S. at Morrill, Kans. 

Individual gifts for the women — 
handkerchiefs, powder, beads, bath 
salts, books and toys, gloves, hose, 
apron etc for the little girl and a fruit 
cake from the Manetta Wright Girls 
Club at Wash, D. C. 

1 sheet from the Sisterhood girls 
of Flora. 

Candy, apples and grapes for each 
one in the Home from the W. M. S. at 
Flora. 

Mrs. Keim received a box of oranges 
and grapefruit from Dr. Hill of Cuya- 
hoga Falls, Ohio, which she gave the 
Home. Also she gave candy, cookies 
and fruit cake which she received from 
her Ohio friends. 
Canned Fruit Received during 1935 

6 cans from Mrs. Webb of Goshen, 
Ind. 

25 cans from W. M. S. of Dutchtown, 
Ind. 

18 cans and 2 cans of dried corn 
from W. M. S. of Sidney, Ind. 

38 cans of fruit and jelly from W. 
M. S. at Warsaw, Ind. 

70 cans of fruit, preserves and jelly 
from the W. M. S. at Muncie, Ind. 

35 cans from the W. M. S. of Oak- 
ville, Ind. 

69 cans fruit and jelly, 1 pkg. beans, 
1 pkg. dried corn from the W. M. S. at 
Nappanee, Ind. 

40 cans from the W. M. S. at Roann, 
Ind. 

37 cans from the W. M. S. at College 
Corner Church. 

34 cans and potatoes from the W. 
M. S. at Mexico, Ind. 

47 cans fruit and jelly from the W. 
M. S. at Corinth, Ind. 

73 cans from the W. M. S. at Goshen, 
Ind. 

25 cans from the W. M. S. at New 
Paris, Ind. 



40 cans fruit and pears and apples 
from the W. M. S. at Loree, Ind. 

10 cans fruit and jelly from the W. 
M. S. at Burlington, Ind. 

47 cans from the W. M. S. at North 
Manchester, Ind. 

Apples, pears, cabbage and grapes 
from the W. M. S. at Flora. 

24 cans from the W. M. S. at Fort 
Wayne, Ind. 

34 cans from the W. M. S. at Clay 
City, Ind. 

29 cans and 50c from the W. M. S. 
at South Bend, Ind. 

12 cans from the W. M. S. at South 
Bend, Ind. 

26 cans from the W. M. S. at Peru, 
Ind. 

Cash Donations received for the 
year 1935 

W. M. S. of Wooster, Ohio $5.00 

Mrs. Frank Royer of Dallas 

Center, Iowa 1.00 

Berean Class of Spokane, Wash. 2.00 
White Dale Church of Terra 

Alta, W. Va. 3.00 

Church and S. S. of Johnstown, 

Pa 12.00 

Home Dept. of Roann, Ind 5.00 

Sewell Landrum of Lost Creek, 

Ky 3.50 

Mrs. Marianna Dolk of Dayton, 

Ohio ' 5.00 

True Blue Class of Roann, Ind. . 5.00 
Jr. Sisterhood of 1st Church at 

Conemaugh, Pa 5.00 

W. M. S. at Washington, D. C. . 5.00 
W. M. S. of Glendale, Calif. . . 5.00 

W. M. S. of Clayton, Ohio 5.00 

Home Dept. of Roann, Ind 10.00 

True Blue Class of Roann, Ind. 5.00 
W. M. S. of South Bend, Ind. . . 5.00 

(The above $5.00 starts our refriger- 
ator fund). 

S. S. Class No. 5 of Canton, 0. 5.00 
W. M. S. of Dallas Center, Iowa 10.00 
W. M. S. of Burlington, Ind. . . 2.50 

W. M. S. of Flora, Ind 2.00 

W. M. S. of Morrill, Kan 2.75 

Mrs. Chas. Walker of Flora, Ind. 1.00 
Rev. James Cook of Flora, Ind. 1.00 
Received for ciirtuins: 

W. M. S. of Wapato, Wash 3.00 

Received for fruit trees: 

W. M. S. of Hagerstown, Md. . . 10.00 

Received for coal: 

W. M. S. of Martinsburg, Pa. . . 3.80 



"No matter how hard the truth may 
be, it is safer than the best lie." 



THINGS TO THINK ABOUT 

Love is the healing balm for all un- 
happiness. 

The highest ambition that can pos- 
sibly come to the human being is to 
raise everything that comes into one's 
life to its highest possible value. 

No matter what your task in life 
may be, make your trade-mark excel- 
lence, and let your work prove it. 

What we get out of life depends al- 
together on how much we put into it. 



life 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



ON BOARD THE SS PAINSAY. 
CHRISTMAS DAY 

This morning we were greeted with 
a most glorious sunrise, and out from 
a dark cloud in the west there appeared 
a rainbow of which the colors were 
never more perfect. Naturally our 
thoughts were turned to the Master of 
the sea, and to the 19th Psalm, "The 
heavens declare the glory of God; And 
the firmament showeth his handiwork." 
And as we again read the beautiful 
story of two thousand years ago, the 
birth of our Lord, our hearts are filled 
with peace and joy that only He alone 
can give. 

We are privileged to hear over the 
radio Christmas messages and carols 
from all over the world. We have just 
heard King George of England give 
his Christmas message to the British 
Empire. Even though we are not Brit- 
ish Subjects we enjoyed his message 
of good will to his people in many dif- 
ferent parts of the world. 

Our hearts are turned to our own 
dear Home Land, friends and children 
this Christmas Day. We would love to 
be with you, but since this is not pos- 
sible, we are with you in spirit. 
Though separated many miles by sea, 
yet what a blessed privilege is ours 
that we can all meet around one com- 
mon mercy seat and present our prais- 
es and petitions to the Lord asking that 
He will fill each one of your hearts this 
day with peace and joy, and every 
blessing from His own hand of love. 

Wishing all a very blessed and pros- 
perous New Year. 

Mrs. O. D. Jobson. 



EDITORIAL ITEMS 



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PRAYER 



MARCH 

Let us Thank God 

1. For Mr. and Mrs. Jobson who 
have labored so faithfully the past four 
years on the Bassai station in Africa. 

2. For the high spiritual tone of tiie 
Bassai station as reported by the Job- 
sons on their return home. 

3. For the faith of all concerned 
which has made this work possible. 
Let us Thank God 

1. To guide us into all truth .-".s we 
study His word and commune with 
Him. 

2. To bless Brother and Sister Job- 
son during their furlough, with health 
and rest that they may be better pre- 
pared for their return to Africa. 

3. To bless Mrs. U. J. Shively, our 
National President, as she gives her 
time and talent that she may be guid- 
ed by Thy hand as she plans for the 
work of our society. 

4. To bless the women of the In- 
diana district as they gather this 
month for their annual W. M. S. ral- 
lies, that they may be more greatly 
enthused thereby. 




We are always glad to welcome ou> 
missionaries from the foreign field, 
and we are glad at this time for the 
safe arrival of the Jobsons. Sister 
Jobson reports a very pleasant and 
restful journey and while they had 
hoped to spend Christmas with their 
children they had taken their disap- 
pointment just as we know they would, 
seeing it as the will of God even though 
it did not fit into the plans they had 
laid. Tins is the spirit which has 
made our group of missionaries a real- 
ly great group. 

We are glad that the Jobsons can 
report a "most blessed and fruitful 
term of service" and that "the spirit- 
ual condition of the church at Bassai 
has never been better." 

It is such reports that make our 
gifts take on real value. 

Welcome Home Jobsons. 

Editor. 



ADMINISTRATION 

NEWS 



REPORT OF FINANCIAL 

SECRETARY FOR OCT., 1935 

Apportionment Fund 

Calvary, N. J 7.00 

Hagerstown, Md 1.50 

North Liberty, Ind 75 

Winchester, Va 1.00 

Total 10.25 

Feast of Ingathering 

A Gift 5.00 

Tiosa, Ind 3.30 

Total 8.30 

Refrigerator- Fund 
W. M. S. of Miami Valley Rally 12.00 

Total for all funds 30.55 

DECEMBER 
Apportionment Fund 

Nappanee, Ind 64.00 

Superannated Minister's Fund 
Mt. View, Va 4.00 

SeTninary Fund 

South Bend, Ind 8.69 

Nappanee, Ind 9.09 

Goshen, Ind 14.82 

32.60 
Feast of Ingathering Fund 

Winchester, Va 6.55 

Home Mission Fund 
New Lebanon, Ohio 10.00 

Refrigerator Fund 
Martinsburg, Pa 5.00 

Total for all funds $122.15 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. N. G. Kimmel. 



TEN WAYS 
"To Draw Nigh to God" James i:8 

First — Give your life wholly over to 
Him. 

Second — Each day study His Word 
prayerfully. 

Third — Seek to know His will for 
your life. 

Fourth — Exercise thanksgiving and 
gratitude. 

Fifth — Spend quiet time daily in 
prayer. 

Sixth — Tell Him often that you love 
Him. 

Seventh — Study to be quiet; listen 
for His voice. 

Eighth — Show His presence with 
you by your life. 

Ninth — Lay your own will at His 
feet. 

Tenth — Remember Jesus Christ as 
Lord of your life. 
— HuLDA Louise Johnston, Jan. 193G, 



W. M. S. 

FAMILY CIRCLE 




DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 
Dear Sisters of the W. M. S. : 

As we enjoy reading letters from 
other societies, a report from us may 
prove of interest to some. 

We enjoyed our studies of "Undaunt- 
ed Hope" very much. We held two 
meetings, one afternoon and one all- 
day meeting, both at the home of Mrs. 
Alvin Grief, then our president, but 
who has since moved away. 

A very interesting program was 
given by the W. M. S. at one public 
meeting last winter. Although the roads 
were very icy the attendance was good. 
Rev .and Mrs. S. L. Shenton of the 
Church of the Brethren from Des 
Moines helped to make the pi'Ogram of 
interest. Mr. Shenton made two chalk 
pictures: "Let the Lower Lights be 
Burning" and "Rock of Ages," while 
Mrs. Shenton sang and accompanied on 
the guitar. The pictures now hang in 
the Church basement where we have 
our W. M. S. meetings in the sum- 
mer. In cold weather we meet at the 
homes of members 

We had charge of the morning wor-l 
ship services last Easter, even the 
choir consisting of W. M. S. ladies. 
Our Mother-Daughter banquet was 
held in the church parlors in the form 
of a one o'clock luncheon, followed by 
the program in charge of the presi- 
dents of W. M. S. and S. M. M. A 
feature of the program was a pan- 
tomine: "The Ages of Woman." 

Officers elected last July were: 
President, Mrs. Dale Campbell; Vice 
Pres., Mrs. Ida Good; Sec'y-Treas.; 
Mrs. Austin Peitzman; Cor. Sec'y, Mrs. 
Glenn Hoover; Pianist, Mrs. W. R. 
Deeter. 

Nine members of our Society were 
privileged to attend our District Con- 
ference at Garwin in September. 



February 8, 1936. 



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Our ladies have chosen sides. Mrs. 
Edith Grow and Mrs. Sam Wineland 
are captains. In October Mrs. Wine- 
land's side entei'tained Mrs. Crow's 
side at a birthday party. Tables were 
decorated for each month and those 
who birthday occur in the same month 
were seated at their respective tables. 
Each hostess had prepared a short pro- 
gram. There were 86 present and all 
had a vei-y pleasant afternoon. 

December 27th we held a silver tea 
honoring Mary Emmert at the home of 
Mrs. John Row. Rev. and Mrs. Her- 
man Hoyt, who were visiting relatives 
and friends here, were also present. We 
have had the privilege of the presence 
of our own dear missionary, Miss Mary 
Emmert, at many of our meetings. In 
October she gave the study in Personal 
Evangelism. 

We are studying to keep up with the 
Progi-am of Progress and I think we 
are succeeding quite well. Our prayer 
band secretary. Mrs. I. R. Kilgore, re- 
ports 21 signers of the Covenant cards. 
Mrs. Sam Wineland, the tithing secr-^ 
tary, reports 24 who have signed the 
tithing cards. Mrs. Deeter and Mrs. 
Austin Peitzman, our program com- 
mittee, are making plans for the Jan- 
uary public meeting. 

We have added 13 members the past 
year. We sent $10.00 to the Brethren 
Home to help with the purchase of a 
mechanical refrigerator. We also votetl 
$5.00 for Mary Emmert's school in Af- 
rica. Our W. M. S. takes care of the 
repairs etc for our parsonage, and 
this last summer we improved trie 
property by installing city water. 

May each and everyone of us re- 
solve to "Learn to live and live to 
learn" that we might be more useful in 
the coming year. Let us live closer to 
Christ and work with a will for the 
furtherance of His Kingdom. 

Mrs. Glenn Hoover, Cor. Sec'y 



WARSAW, IND. 



The W. M. S. of Warsaw, Ind., are 
all working "with one accord" to make 
continuous spiritual and numerical pro- 
gress by conquering each item on the 
Program of Progress on or before its 
appointed month. 

We have sent a very nice assortment 
of canned goods to the Brethren Home, 
at Flora, Ind. Also, we have sent a 
box of clothing to Ki-ypton, Ky. and 
have given numerous articles to the 
needy in our own community. 

The Sidney W. M. S. met with us in 
the Warsaw Church and we studied the 
first five chapters of the book, "To- 
ward a Christian America." Then we 
met with the Sidney W. M. S. at the 
Sidney Church and completed the study 
of the other five chapters. In both of 
these studies, our denominational home 
mission points were discussed in an in- 
teresting, enlightening manner. Each 
of these study days, were clear, defin- 
ite, fellowship studies of our obligations 
to God's Word in our own country. 

We are using no method of "raising" 
or making money, but we were able to 



give $10.00 to Home Missions at 
Thanksgiving time. We are trying by 
the use of "key women" under the 
supervision of our Thank-Offering Sec- 
retary to bring to every member of our 
organization, a consciousness of their 
individual obligation to the appoi-tion- 
ment, the mission support in April, 



and the Thank Offering later in the 
year. 

Our spiritual growth has been 
strengthened by the Prayer Band, Bi- 
ble Study, and devotional meetings. 
Truly we are "Living to Learn and 
Learning to Live." 

Mrs. C. H. Bennett, Cor. Sec'y 



W. M. S. Useful Information 



NATIONAL W. M. S. OFFICERS 

President— Mrs. U. J. Shively, 301 W. 
Market St., Nappanee, Indiana. 

First Vice President — Mrs. S. M. Whet- 
stone, 207 North Second St., Goshen, 
Indiana. 

Second Vice President — Mrs. F. B. 
Frank, 7434 Rockwell Ave., Philadel- 
phia, Penna. 

General Secretary — Mrs. Gertrude 
Leedy Briscoe, Rt. 2, Claypool, Ind. 

Financial Secretary — Mrs. N. G. Kim- 
mel, Rt. 2^ West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Treasurer— Mrs. M. A. Stuckey, 1111 
King Road, Ashland, Ohio. 

Literature Secretary — Mrs. D. A. C. 
Teeter, Rt. 5, care Donald V. Hollo- 
way, Rochester, Indiana. 

Outlook Editors — Mrs. F. C. Vanator, 
12 South Clay St., Peru, Indiana; 
Miss Helen Garber, 235 East 49th St., 
New York, N. Y. 

Outlook Business Manager — Mrs. Ira 
D. Slotter, 44 West Third St., Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 
Pennsylvania 

President— Mrs. D. C. White, Mt. Pleas- 
ant. 

Vice President — Mrs. F. J. Seibert, 
Masontown. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. W. C. Ben- 
shoff, 122 West Second St., Waynes- 
boro. 

Ohio 

President— Mrs. A. E. Whitted, 1033 
East Main St., Louisville. 

Vice President — Mrs. Laura Prevo, Rt. 
6, Box 125, Dayton. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. T. R. Hen- 
ning, Middlebranch. 

Mid-West 

President — Mrs. L. G. Wood, 615 Low- 
man St., Fort Scott, Kansas. 

Vice-President — Mrs. George E. Cone, 
Portis, Kansas. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Ella Noyes, 
1307 Lane St., Falls City, Nebraska. 
Indiana 

President — Mrs. Clyde Rager, Roann. 

Vice President — Mrs. C. H. Bennett, 
2016 East Market St., Warsaw. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. F. Emerson 
Reed, 509 College Ave., North Man- 
chester. 

Southeastern 

President — Mrs. Geo. M. Simpson, Oak 
Hill, West Virginia. 

Vice President — Mrs. J. R. Laughlin, 
143 King St., Hagerstown, Maryland. 



Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. H. E. Bow- 
man, Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

Northwestern 

President — Mrs. W. Stover, Harrah, 
Washington. 

Vice President — Mrs. A. L. Lantz, N. 
2319 Wall St., Spokane, Washington. 

Secretary Treasurer — Mrs. George Mil- 
ler, Sunnyside, Washington. 
Illiokota 

President — Mrs. George Garber, Lan- 
ark, Illinois. 

Vice President — Mrs. J. B. Paul, 2112 
Walnut St., Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Dale Camp- 
bell, Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Southern California 
President— Mrs. W. A. Ogden, 217 

East 42nd St., Los Angeles. 
Vice President — Mrs. Harry Good, 325 

San Bernardino Avenue, Pomona. 
Secretary — Mrs. Ray Runyon, 1427 E. 

59th St., Los Angeles. 
Treasurer — Mrs. Beatrice B. Stem- 

guist, 8556 Commercial Place, South 

Gate. 

General Information 
Send to Mrs. N. G. Kimmel, Rt. 2, 
West Alexandria, Ohio. 

1. National Apportionment of $1.50 
per member, payable 75 cent in 
January and 75 cents in July. 

2. Offerings for the Seminary. 

3. Thank offerings which are not 
taken to National Conference. 

Send to Mrs. F. C. Vanator, 12 South 
Clay St., Peru, Indiana. 
1. All material for publication in the 

W. M. S. Department of the 

church paper. 

Send to Mrs. Ira D. Slotter, 44 West 
Third Street, Ashland, Ohio 
1. All Outlook (W. M. S. Magazine) 
subscriptions. Note: Each Society 
MUST REVISE their subscription 
list and send in complete revision 
once each year. 

Send to Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter, Rt. 5, 
care Donald V. Hollbway, Rochester, 
Indiana. 

1. All orders for books and litera- 
ture. 



Send to your W. M. S. District Secre- 
tary 

1. Your District Dues. 

2. Your District Missionary Support 
of $1.00 per member. 



f THE SISTERHOOD o-»'l 



Do God's Will 



and MARTHA 



Missionaries Among the Kabba People 




REV. CURTIS MORRILL 



For Some Time, the Kabba people of French 
Equatorial Africa had been expecting the coming of 
missionaries to their midst. Preliminary prepara- 
tions had been made by our 
missionaries from other 
stations, but great was 
their rejoicing when, late 
in October, Rev. and Mrs. 
Curtis Morrill arrived at 
Bekoro, the place of their 
station. Listen to Mrs. 
Morrill tell about it. 

"We were jubilantly 
greeted by villagers along 
the road after we arrived 
in Kabba territory and when the truck stopped at 
our future home and your new mission station, men, 
women and children rushed from the near-by vil- 
lage, anxious to see all the cargo as it was unloaded 
from the truck and to see the white man's wife. 
Many of them had seen the white man on one of 
his two previous trips to the station. It is very sel- 
dom that the people in this tribe see a white woman, 
'or there are no French women living at the gov- 
ernment post, so I was quite a curosity 

"They come right into the house, and when I 
spread a lunch cloth on the table, for we were hun- 
gry and thirsty and tired, they examined that. For 
a number of evenings they returned. Even now, 
every once in a while when I go onto the back ve- 
randa to prepare something for supper, they are 
there watching every move. 

"We have a mud house with three rooms. At 
present time we are using the two end rooms for 
bedrooms and the middle room for a dining-room 
and living-room. The ceilings are very high, for we 
are far enough north toward the desert that we are 
told we'll have a very hot, dry season. Even now 
the nights are hot until early in the morning when 
it becomes very cool. Much of our furniture is im- 
provised, for so far there has been little time to 

make furniture and none to make curtains 

"We are just at the end of the rainy season and 



the beginning of the dry season. The grass is still 
very tall, but yellow instead of green as in the midst 
of the rainy season. Very soon the natives will be- 
gin burning the high grass and spearing the wild 
animals that will flee from the burning grass. It is 
necessary to get the grass on the mission concession 
cut and burned before the natives begin burning. 
By so doing we'll have a fire line around our grass- 
roofed buildings." 

The experiences of planting a garden are much 
more trying than in the United States. Mrs. Morrill 
tells how the hot sun bakes the ground and makes 
it too hard for the tender plants to come through. 
It is necessary to carry water for irrigation. We 
hope that by this time they have gathered vegetables 
from their planting. 

The ventures in securing meat to eat are as in- 
teresting. Buffalo, antelope and wild pigeons are 
some of the animals hunted. After they had been 
eating wild Guinea, "some natives from a nearby 
village began coming and asking that the white man 
go and kill some wild hogs 
that were destroying their 
gardens. The first one or 
two trips to the gardens 
were unsuccessful because 
the women had chased the 
hogs just before the hunter 
arrived. Finally, because we 
needed some food, Curtis 
decided that the best plan 
would be to go to the gar- 
den and, from a tree, shoot 
the hogs when they first came to the garden to eat. 
The result was two dead wild hogs. (The wild game 
has very little fat, so the meat was pork and yet it 
didn't seem exactly like pork, for lack of fat) . It 
wasn't difficult to dispose of the meat, for there 
are always a multitude of natives who have a claim 
on some of it. The small boy who first saw the hogs 
a few days before claimed his share ! The men who 
carried them to the station were due a share, and 
each chief for a number of miles up and down the 




MRS. CURTIS MORRILL 



February 8, 1936. 



27 



road had to have some of it, and so it goes. It was 
fortunate in one way, for we had as yet no place 
to smoke any of it, and I couldn't possibly can all 
of it." 

As you would guess, much of the time of mission- 
aries who open work in a new tribe is spent in 
building up their mission station and in learning the 
language, both of which are extremely important 
if they are to serve the people well. But they do not 
forget the purpose for their being there — telling the 
gospel story. Mrs. Morrill tells about their services. 

"Each morning at 6 :30 we have church out in the 
open, for we haven't even a chapel. Some mornings 
Doctor Gribble preaches in Sango, while Joseph 
interprets, and some mornings Joseph preaches in 
Kabba. Brother Jobson translated one song, 'In the 
Sweet Bye and Bye,' and that is sung every morn- 
ing. Some mornings there is a very good attendance. 
Yesterday morning, one of the older workmen, Bai- 



kore, came to the front without a special invitation 
being given and said that he had wanted to follow 
Jesus. We realized how little our faith had been, 
for we were surprised. We hadn't expected him to 
be one of the first to accept Christ. We aren't yet 
able to teach them, because we don't know Kabba, 
what it really means to follow Christ, so he'll need 
your prayers that he'll stand true when he learns 
what it will mean in this heathen land for a man to 
follow the Lord Jesus and forsake the village cus- 
toms and sins." 

Mrs. Morrill expresses their gratitude to all who 
helped them with their equipment. They appreciate 
very much the beds which the Ohio Sisterhood girls 
helped to purchase. 

We praise God for the opening of this new mis- 
sion station in Africa and for those whom He has 
sent to be His witnesses there. May our prayers be 
unceasing for them that they may be strengthened 
by Him for every need. 



The Experiences of a Ministers Young Wife 
in a Home Mission Point 



Mrs. Donald Carter 



The Experience which a minister's wife has are 
greatly varied. I thought I understood what it meant 
to be in that position before I became the wife of 
a minister, but it was not until I was actually in 
that position that I found that I had but a vague 
idea of what was not only expected but required of 
me. 

After having talked to several pastors' wives, I 
found that the experiences of a wife of a pastor that 
has a regular pastorate are decidedly different in 
many respects from those of a Home Mission pas- 
tor's wife. These experiences are different in that 
the field in which we are working differs, but I 
feel my work brings richer dividends, though more 
heart-breaking losses. 

I am most concerned about my spiritual welfare. 
You may ask, "Does a preacher's wife have to think 
of that?" The answer is "Yes" and very emphat- 
ically so. I find that there are three vital factors 
necessary in my spiritual life. Prayer, Bible Study 
and Testimony. 

Each day my husband and I have our devotions 
together. Not only does this draw us closer to God, 
but each other both being necessary indeed in our 
work together. I find it necessary, as well as a great 
blessing, to enter into my closet of secret prayer 
each day, and there have communion with God alone. 



It is there I can open my heart to God and talk to 
Him openly and freely. 

A continual study of God's Word is also neces- 
sary, since it is through a deeper understanding of 
God's Word that we become more fit to meet the 
problems which confront us each day. Too, it is 
only through the knowledge of the Scriptures that 
we can lead men and women to a saving knowledge 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, no matter 
what attitude a person may have toward our Re- 
deemer. 

Several times different ones have said to me, 
"Oh, it seems so easy for you to talk and give your 
testimony for the Lord." If they only knew that 
down deep in my heart I was having a battle to do 
so. I have had to fight Satan many times. He has 
wielded a strong influence upon me to quiet my 
testimony, and I'm sorry to say that he has won out 
at times. I now know that I have been able to con- 
quer this Satanic power. This is what he has said 
to me, "Now, you must sit still and let the others 
tell of their love for the Lord and give their favorite 
verses. Remember, your husband is the preacher, 
and he can do all the necessary talking." It is all 
very true that the preacher must be heard and be 
heard much, but that is not my personal testimony 
telling of my love for Christ, which, when given in 



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my feeble way, may show the way of salvation to 
some lost soul. I thank God that through prayer 
and Bible study I have been able to get real victory 
over this and am ready to testify for my Lord at any 
time and any place. 

I am happy for my experiences in a new church 
at a Home Mission Point, for of ever increasing in- 
terest becomes the work as I watch it grow. When 
the word came that the Lord had provided a new 
building for our church home, how excited I was. 
I wanted everybody in the neighborhood to come to 
our church, feeling that they should share with us 
the multiplied spiritual blessing the Lord so gen- 
erously provided. The first Sunday we were in our 
building there were one hundred and fifty in at- 
tendance, and God's people rejoiced at the great op- 
portunity placed before them. Then one of our 
greatest disappointments was to see that with the 
coming of the summer months the school gradually 
decreased until it reached the low ebb of eighty-two. 

It has been disheartening at times in the work 
with the little folks to find that there were so few, 
yet encouragement comes after weeks of labor to 
see the blessed fruit of the Spirit abundantly mani- 
fested in little hearts and lives. 

Each day there are to be seen hundreds of child- 
ren passing our church on their way to and from 
school. How I wish it were possible to reach these 



boys and girls for Christ. Especially does it make my 
heart ache to see high school girls walking past our 
church and our home smoking. I'd love to call them 
in and talk to them of spiritual things but theirs is 
an interest far removed from God and Eternity. 

Through the joys and sorrows of it all many hu- 
morous and embarrassing things have happened. One 
day while cooking what I thought to be a very de- 
licious dinner, I was called from the kitchen to en- 
gage in a discussion of the church work. The preach- 
er's bashful wife, though she caught the odor of 
burning victuals in the kitchen, had not courage to 
excuse herself long enough to remedy matters. You 
can imagine the embarassment of a bride when that 
night at dinner she set before her husband the burnt 
food. 

When I am used in an illustration during the 
preaching service, I find that I am expected to 
smile. It isn't that I always approve of being so 
used, but I know that I am generally afforded an 
opportunity to smile back at a latter date. 

I am thankful for the privilege of serving Him 
who gave His all for me. I am especially glad that 
the Lord has seen fit to place me in a new field. My 
prayer is that I might walk worthy of the Lord unto 
all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and 
increasing in the knowledge of God. Col. 1 :10. 
Glendale, Calif. 



Serving Christ Under the Southern Cross 



What a Great Thrill it would be if we could 
plan a world-wide radio broadcast with messages 
from every field where ambassadors of the King of 
kings are in service ! No doubt we would be stirred 
to praise for the great things which God is doing 
through them. Again, we might be sent to prayer 
for their strengthening as they stand in the face of 
such great need. Then, too, I fear we would hide in 
shame that we ourselves have been so faithless and 
have done so little. 

I am taking the privilege of sharing with you ex- 
cerpts from a letter of one of the King's ambassa- 
dors. The one who gives this radiant testimony is 
Miss Thelma Frith. She is serving Him in a Baptist 
school at Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she has charge 
of kindergarten work. From these snatches from 
her letter, you will see how richly she is being used 
for the glory of Christ. 

"Balboa could not have felt more excited with his 
first view of the Pacific than I have with the vast- 
ness of my discovery of what is before us here. Bal- 
boa ordered his wounded pillagers to halt ere they 
reached the summit of a high mountain; then all 
alone he climbed and reached the topmost peak, 



where he was able to discern the ocean which he 
had passed through such trials to behold. He must 
have been weak with joy. He erected a crude cross 
made from the trees, and roughly carved the names 
of Ferdinand and Isabella on the trees. Ruthless 
looting was his method of possession. But we want 
to write across this people Jesus' possessive — 'Mine.' 
I want it written across my life. I am not in accord 
with any voice within me that says anything else. 
I am thankful for every friend, every experience, 
every suffering that has led to this view of this 
Pacific ocean of tranquility. The traversing of the 
Isthmus of Panama joined two nations — one which 
will pause to say 'thank you' to the Great Giver of 
Gifts, and the other which has just observed All 
Saints' Day, for fear one was left unworshiped. I for 
one want my life to be joined to those others who 
have laid down their lives to make a roadway for 
the King in this land of multitudinous shrines. 

I cannot wait longer to tell you about Maria, Edy 
and Julietta. Many of you are familiar with 'The 
Challenge of the Cross' in English. You can see how 
pecularily significant it would be in this land of 
cross- worshipers. Each girl was so well adapted to 



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her part. We had been much in prayer that its sim- 
ple message might convict. We pledged ourselves to 
exit into a little room behind the pulpit, after the 
last scene. Julietta had been so eager to take Maria 
and Edy as she went, but when the invitation was 
given, she turned to me and said, 'That's for me,' 
and left us. She scarcely reached the front when Edy 
3ame purposefully to join her. Maria had played the 
srgan for us, and her face was a study — what a bat- 
tlefield, but her step was resolute and her decision 
final. Another one of my boys came saying, 'All my 
life I have wanted to follow Him.' Then my little 
nan, Alfredo, prayed — sobbing his heart out, 'Fa- 
ther, this is not enough ; help others of my compan- 
ions who are resisting, to come on .... ' And they 
;ame, two more of my splendid boys and a twelve 
i^ear old girlie saying, 'You won't wait to baptize 
ne, will you? Can't it be next Sunday?' We were all 
50 tired after a five-day convention, but we felt like 
ivinged Pegasus as we walked toward home ex- 
:hanging our ecctasies 

I too am erecting buildings — permanent memor- 
als I hope — to the joy of a liberty I am constantly 
Dlumbing, to find new depths and capacities. I 
lave again passed a milestone — two years since 
eaving, since landing, two years of finding Him 
sufficient — adequate. It was one of my favorite 
;hemes before I left, but how unending has been the 
mfolding. No wonder Paul couldn't talk about any- 
hing else .... It becomes a consuming passion when 

Did I tell you that my cute little Jenair won the 
5word Drill contest? She was so pretty and sweet 
—and sure. The day before the meeting was her 
birthday, and I, hoping to get a confession out of 
ler, asked her what she most wanted for her birth- 
lay, something she hadn't even admitted to herself. 
[She is so unselfish). Do you know what she said? 
The thing I want most — is to win tomorrow night 
:or our union.' She did and did it so modestly and 
iweet-spiritedly that she made a place for herself, 
rhey asked her to 'read' at the Convention. Her fa- 



ther was here from the interior, and he just beamed 
with pride. If the school reached no one but that 
energetic, conscientious, consecrated little woman 
of tomorrow, it would be reward enough — but there 
are other Jenairs ! 

I lost one little girlie from kindergarten. Her 
mother had been so kind and sweet, had given us a 
party two or three times. Then we asked if we 
might take Helena to Sunday School, for she was 
feeling slighted because others went and she didn't. 
Her mother said she had a religion and she didn't 
want her to lose it. I'm still hoping I will get her 
back 

We were pleased at the philosophy of the wash- 
woman's little girl ; she went to call for a little girl 
for Sunday School, and the little girl explained that 
she couldn't go because the people who went to our 
church had Satan on their backs. Quick as a wink, 
Elaine answered, 'No, they don't have Satan on their 
backs, they have Christ in their hearts.' 

The other day at an educational meeting, the head 
of the largest military school here made a most 
startling and gratifying comment, voluntarily. The 
discussions had been along the lines of discipline and 
ideals — how to merge the two. He arose ; with great 
emotion he began, 'It's all very well to talk about 
this — but we cannot reach these ideals without a 
divine power. I have tried and tried and what deg- 
radation, and what miserable failure! Have you 
tried to realize your ideals without Him? It can't 
be done. I search in moments of despair. I prostrate 
myself and beg that divine Being to find mo. to 
help me.' The meeting became so solemn. The words 
of St. Augustine came back anew, 'God has made 
us for Himself so that no restless soul can find its 
peace until it rests in Him.' And Marino's prayer 
in church on Children's Day touches me, 'Lord, make 
us all Christians — ^yes all, if you make us all into 
believers — nao faz mal — it won't hurt !' 

The young Lettish boy, who was so kind to us 

when we first arrived in Rio, has just been here 

on a visit. What a splendid preacher he is making. 



I John Wesley had inquired of his mother to know ex~ 

Z actly what Sin is. Susannah Wesley, wrote this, to her 

t son in answer: 

I "Would you judge of the lawfulness or unlawfulness 

I of pleasure, take this rule: Whatever weakens your 

I reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, ob- 

I scures your sense of God, takes off your relish for spir- 

I itual things — whatever increases the authority of the 

I body over the mind — that thing is sin to you, however 

I innocent it may seem in itself." 



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He took some classes with a high and mighty law- 
yer not far from here. Finally the lawyer, after 
observing his class discussion, his life, his mental- 
ity, called him apart and said, 'Why, why do you al- 
low any creed or person to compel you to be a 
"crente?" There are so many other avenues open 

to you ' Alfrede is so calm, so patient, so 

sweet in all his answers. 'But He didn't compel me. . 
. . that's what I like about His invitation. He said, 

'Si alguem quizer If anyone WISHES to come 

after Me — let him take up his cross It's the 



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spontaneous part of it I like . . . . ' Young people ! 
Have you heard? He will not compel you — but if 
you will — if you want to — take up the cross. Oh, 
want to! Everything — with Him; nothing — without 
Him. The difference between power and weakness 
is Jesus. The step between real greatness and in- 
feriority is Jesus. The difference between poverty 
and real riches, between salvation and predition, be- 
tween the heavens and inferno is Jesus. There is 
a picture here now called, 'Is Life Worth Living?' 
With Him — yes ; without Him, no !" 



Dead or Alive - Which? 



Have You Ever felt of Sisterhood — Our meet- 
ings are dead; we just can't seem to get any life 
into them? Then you resolve to do better. Perhaps 
you are the next leader, and you plan very carefully 
giving those who have part plenty of time. The 
meeting night comes. At the last minute the girl 
who was to have the mission study decided that she 
cannot be there and sends the book. The secretary 
too is absent and did not send her minutes. So again, 
the meeting is dead; you just can't seem to get any 
life into it. 

The president has tried to get the girls interested 
in the goals. Many promise to do the Bible reading, 
but only a few report at the meetings. They keep 
forgetting their dues, so you have to fret at the last 
week to see if j^ou can send in your payment. Just a 
few have to do all the work. What can we do? 

"I know" someone says hopefully. "What we need 
is a new spirit in our work." At this suggestion you 
plan to have a good time at the meeting. The social 
committee plans some games. You plan to do some- 
thing clever to attract the girls. Having a pot-luck 
supper might help, so plans are made to add this to 
the program. But, alas, some leave before the meet- 
ing. Many of those who stay are bored and glad when 
it is all over. Still there is no life. 

"Maybe if we get more interested in the goals 
and try to be a banner society, that would help," 
suggests one girl who reads her Outlook number. 
So at the next meeting you talk over all the goals 
and decide you want to be a banner society. You 
plan for a public program, and only a few will help 
out. You arrange for the bandage rolling, and many 
of those who promised to come do not appear. The 
announcement is made to bring the mite boxes at 
the April meeting, but just a few remember and the 
treasurer has to go around to collect them from the 
rest. You know the rest of the story— so that when 
the statistical report is made out, you have kept the 
goals, but it has been by the work of a few and then 



like drudgery. Again you ask, "What can we do to 
get some pep into our Sisterhood?" ] 

Many years ago there was a great multitude gath- 
ered on a hillside, and they heard a Man dressed in 
humble garments saying — "Ye have heard it said 

but I say unto you." Again and again He 

said something like that. Then, He was telling about 
the reward from the Father to those who did their 
religious duties in secret sincerity. Yes, it was Je- 
sus Christ speaking to those who were "dead" that 
they might know the secret of "life." 

You say that you need to turn over a new leaf. 
That is probably true, but let it not be "of the let- 
ter, but of the Spirit : for the letter killeth, but the 
Spirit giveth life." Plans and rules and goals you 
may have a plenty, but your Sisterhood may still 
be dead. You may even be a banner society — do all 
the reading, make your gifts, and do the benevolent 
work and still not be "alive.'' The commandments 
of God are good, but they do not give "life." The 
goals and plans of Sisterhood are good, but the mere 
keeping of them does not necessarily make a "live" 
Sisterhood. "The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth j 
life." Here is your secret. If the Spirit of God is in 
your heart, and you are willing to listen to His voice 
and follow His leading, then, and only then, will you 
have "new life" in your Sisterhood. 

Dead! Yes, if you are trying merely to keep the 
goals and have meetings. Alive! Yes, if you are 
working by the Spirit of God. We trust that each 
member of the Sisterhood will say in earnest to 
God, "I want my Sisterhood to have new life. Let it 
begin in me by Thy Spirit." 



Whatever place we fit ourselves for is waiting 
for us. If it is a worth-while place, it will cost time, 
energy, courage, fidelity, patience, persistence. It 
will be a long way, possibly a hard way; but when 
we have reached it we will say it was worth while. 

F. N. M. 



February 8, 1936. 



SI 



Saint Patrick 



The wearing of the green and March 17 are given 
significance with the name of Saint Patrick, the 
true apostle of Ireland. Many know of the fables 
which have been told, but few appreciate the real 
contribution of this saint to Christianity. 

Patrick was a shepherd for six years and then 
was taken into slavery. Similar to Paul's call to 
Macedonia, he had a dream while a slave which sent 
him back to his own country with the irrestible pur- 
pose to be a missionary, and thus gave the rest of 
his life for the conversion of Ireland. His labors 
were richly rewarded. 

Concerning his missionary career, he says, "I am 
greatly a debtor to God, who has bestowed his grace 
so largely upon me, that multitudes were born 
again to God through me. The Irish, who never had 
a knowledge of God, and worshipped only idols and 
unclean things, have lately become the people of 
the Lord, and are called the sons of God." 



We do not know a great deal of his life. We have 
some writings which are authentic. These quota- 
tions may help give St. Patrick's day a new mean- 
ing for you. 

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, 
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks to me, 
Christ in every eye that sees me, 
Christ in evei-y ear that hears me. 

I bind to myself today, — 

The Power of God to guide me. 

The Might of God to uphold me. 

The Wisdom of God to teach me, 

The Eye of God to watch over me, 

The Ear of God to hear me. 

The Word of God to give me speech, 

The Hand of God to protect me. 

The Way of God to go before me, 

The Shield of God to shelter me. 

The Host of God to defend me, 

Against the snares of demons. 

Against the temptation of vices. 

Against the lusts of nature. 

Against every man who meditates injury to me. 
Whether far or near. 
With few or with many. 



Senior Devotional Program for March: Toward a Christian America, Chapters 7 & 8 



Our Challenge: 

Live Christ! — and all thy life shall be 
A High Way of Delivery, 
A royal Koad of goodly deeds, 
Gold-paved with sweetest charity. 

Live Christ! — and all thy life shall be 
A sweet, uplifting ministry, 
A sowing of the fair white seeds 
That fruit through all eternity. 

— John Oxenham. 

Hymn: Awake, my Soul. 

Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve, 

And press with vigor on; 
A heavenly race demands thy zeal. 

And an immortal crown. 

A cloud of witnesses around 

Hold thee in full survey; 
Forget the steps already trod. 

And onward urge they way. 

'Tis God's all-animating voice, 

That calls thee from on high, 
'Tis His own hand presents the prize 

To thine aspiring eye. 

Blest Savior, introduced by Thee, 

Have I my race begun ; 
And, crowned with victory, at Thy feet 

I'll lay my honors down. 

Scripture lesson : Acts 9 :36-42 ; Gal. 6 :2-10. 
Special Number of either "Master, No Offering 

Costly and Sweet" or "Lord, Speak to Me, that I 

May Speak." 

Prayer — Give thanks to God for a gospel which is 
for all peoples and for His love which includes all 
peoples; thank Him for all those who have made 
it possible for us to believe the gospel and to serve 



Christ; pray for all foreign peoples in America 
and for those who work with them in the name 
of Christ; ask our Father to lead our Sisterhood 
girls in places of Christian service and blessing; 
ask Him to bless the mission study. 
Hymn : Master, Let Me Walk With Thee. 

O Master, let me walk with thee 

In lowly paths of service free ; 
Tell me thy secret; help me bear 

The strain of toil, the fret of care. 

Help me the slow of heart to move 
By some clear, winning word of love ; 

Teach me the wayward feet to stay, 
And guide them in the homeward way. 

Teach me thy patience; still with thee 

In closer, dearer company. 
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong, 

In trust that triumphs over wrong; 

In hope that sends a shining ray 

Far down the future's broad'ni^g way; 

In peace that only thou canst give, — 
With thee, O Master, let me live. 

Mission Study : 

Topic I, Chapter VII — Home Missions and Social 

Welfare. 

Emphasize the pioneering of the church in social 
welfare and the part of women in its maintenance. 
Suggest the reorganization when other organiza- 
tions, private and public, have taken over these in- 
terests, also the need for the Christian objective. 
Topic II, Chapter VIII, pp. 142-154— Educational 

Service. 

Suggest the kind of people among whom educa- 
tional work is done and the places. Discuss the Chris- 



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tian purpose as motivation. Indicate changes taken 
place. 

Topic III, Chapter VIII, pp. 154-165— Medical Serv- 
ice and Community Work. 

Present the need and difficulties here. Indicate 
some medical centers among various peoples and the 
relation to the Christian program. Community cen- 
ters. 
Hymn : Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life. 

Where cross the crowded ways of life, 
Where sound the cries of race and clan, 

Above the noise of selfish strife. 
We hear thy voice, Son of man! 

In haunts of wretchedness and need. 

On shadowed thresholds dark with fears, 

From paths where hide the lures of greed. 
We catch the vision of thy tears. 

O Master from the mountain side, 

Make haste to heal those hearts of pain; 

Among these restless throngs abide, 
tiead the city's streets again. 

Till sons of men shall learn thy love. 
And follow where thy feet have trod; 

Till glorious from thy heaven above. 
Shall come the city of our God. 

Discussion : 

In what degree should the church help in meeting 
social needs, such as education, medical help, etc? 

Should the church help directly or indirectly? 

Consider this as a slogan for a church — "This 
church exists for the sake of the people outside of 
it." 
Assignment : 

Through your pastor or the ministerial association 
of your community, make a survey of the number 
of churches in your city and their location. Dis- 
cover if there is any section which is not adequately 
reached. What plans are there for cooperation 
among the churches of your city? among the young 
people. 
Suggested Reading : 

"The Schoolhouse in the Foothills" by Enslow is 
a fascinating story of mountain life. You will love 
it. 

Look up the life and work of some of the men 
given in Chap. VII — John Eliot, David Brainerd, 
Gideon Blackburn, Peter Cartwright, Jason Lee, or 
Sheldon Jackson. 

Inquire whether there is a place of historic inter- 
est near you which you might visit — such as mis- 
sions, homes of early pioneers, early churches, and 
the like. 

Write and tell us about your visit. 
Business : 

Report of Bible reading, of prayer chairman, of 
stewardship literature. If you have not taken up 
the offering for the mountain girl and wish to, do 
it at this meeting and send to Miss Lyda Carter, 
Krypton, Ky. (See the business section for further 
explanation) . 
Benediction: Ps. 145:1, 2. 



A SUMMARY DIAGRAM OF THIS MONTH'S 
MISSION STUDY 

Make a large circle on the upper half of your 
paper. Make another circle of the same size over- 
lapping the lower half of the first circle. In the up-' 
per half of the first circle and following the outline | 
of the circle make a band of lettering of the words 
"Social Welfare." In the lower half of the second 
circle and following the outline of the circle make a 
band of lettering of the words "The Ministry of 
Service." Within the space made by the overlap- 
ping circles make six small circles. Within the first 
small circle in the first row print the words "trends 
and policies" ; in the second, "pioneering" ; and in 
the third, "adaptation and development." In the 
first circle in the second row print the words "edu-i 
cational service"; in the second, "medical service" ;i 
and in the third, "community service." Behind the 
two large circles draw a large cross. Make the up- 
right post of the cross two-thirds of the width of 
the large circles. Make the cross beams at approx- 
imately the center of the upper circle. The whole 
cross is not drawn; only the four ends of the crossj 
projecting out from behind the two circles arei 
drawn. On the top upright post of the cross, justj 
above the upper circle, print the word "Home." On 
the left hand cross print the first part of the word: 
"Missions"; on the right hand side finish the word! 
"Missions." Outline the cross and the words "Home' 
Missions" in red ; the two large circles and their let- 
tering in blue; and the small circles in different col- 
ors. Such a diagram may be used for notebook 
work or for covers for program booklets. In using 
it for covers for program booklets it may be well 
to omit detailed lettering; as the study progresses,: 
each girl can supply the details on her own chart. 

A POSTER ANNOUNCING THIS 
MONTH'S MEETING 

In the lower left hand comer of the paper make 
the diagram described in the above paragraph. At 
the upper left hand side make a narrow band of let- 
tering of the words "the senior." Just below it, 
make a wide band of lettering composed of the word 
"Sisterhood." Make this band of lettering extend 
about two-thirds of the way across the page. Just 
below the last part of the word, print in small let- 
ters the word "of." Below this word, print in large 
letters "Mary and." Print "Martha" just below this 
line. Draw a vertical line, beginning at the top of 
the page and going down so that it just passes the 
end of the words "Sisterhood" and "of," goes be- 
hind "Mary" and "Martha," and ends just below 
that word. From this point it crosses to the middle 
of the page, and from there, turns and goes to the 
bottom of the page. Below the word "Martha" print 
the date, the time, and the place of the meeting, and 
other necessary information to be announced. 



February 8, 1936. 



Junior Devotional Program for March: "Three Cornered Continent/' Chap. 7 



I 



Piano Solo by one of girls. 
Hymn: Jesus Saves. 

We have heard the joyful sound: 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves! 
Spread the tidings all around: 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves! 
Bear the news to ev'ry land, 

Climb the steeps and cross the vsfaves; 
Onward! — 'tis our Lord's command; 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves! 

Sing above the battle strife 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves! 
By His death and endless life, 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves! 
Sing it softly through the gloom. 

When the heart for mercy craves; 
Sing in triumph o'er the tomb, — 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves! 

Give the winds a mighty voice, 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves! 
Let the nations now rejoice, — 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves! 
Shout salvation full and free; 

Highest hills and deepest caves; 
This our song of victory, — 

Jesus saves! Jesus saves! 

Bible Lesson: Acts 16:19-34. When Paul the mis- 
sionary suffered. 
Hymn : I Love to Tell the Story. 

I love to tell the story , Of unseen things above 

Of Jesus and His glory. Of Jesus and His love. 

I love to tell the story, Because I know 'tis true; 

It satisfies my longings As nothing else can do. 

Chorus: 

I love to tell the story, 'Twill be my theme in glory 

To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love. 

I love to tell the story, 'Tis pleasant to repeat 
What seems each time I tell it, More wonderfully sweet. 
I love to tell the story. For some have never heard 
The message of salvation From God's own holy Word. 

PRAYER: Give thanks to our Father in heaven for 
the story of Jesus and His love; Thank Him for 
i. your pastor, your teachers, your Sisterhood pat- 
roness, your parents, and all who help you to 
know and love Jesus; thank Him for your Bible; 
pray that God will care for those who are mis- 
sionaries in places where there is danger ; ask His 
blessing upon the boys and girls in South Amer- 
ica that they may learn to love Jesus and follow 
Him ; Pray that Christians may give to God what 
He would ha.ve them at Easter time. 
Chorus : I Will Make You Fishers of Men. 

I will make you fishers of men 

Fishers of men, fishers of men. 
I will make you fishers of men 

If you follow me. 
Chorus : 
If you follow me, 

If you follow me, 
I will make you fishers of men 

If you follow me. 

Hear Christ calling, "Come unto me, 

Come unto me, come unto me." 
Hear Christ calling, "Come unto me, 

I will give you rest." 



I will give you rest, 
I will give you rest, 
Hear Christ calling, come unto me, 
I will give you rest. 

Story : "A Cloud with a Silver Lining.'' 

Our Offering for Foreign Missions: Ask your 
patroness, your pastor's wife, or some one from 
the Woman's Missionary Society to tell you about 
our Easter offering and where our missionaries 
are working. 

You may wish to work some more on your pic- 
tures for South America. 

Business : Report on your Bible reading ; exchange 
stewardship leaflets ; report of prayer chairman. 

Benediction: Ps. 145:1,2. 

WAYS TO MAKE INVITATIONS, COVERS 
FOR PROGRAMS, AND POSTERS 

One way is to fold a piece of white paper, and 
from the fold draw a cloud about five inches by three 
and one-half inches. Color the cloud in shades of 
gray; and on it, print in black the words "A Cloud 
with a Silver Lining." Cut out the cloud; and, as 
the cloud is to open like a book, be sure you do not 
cut all the fold away. Open the cloud. If you have 
any silver paint, paint the edges of the cloud silver. 
At the top of the left hand page make a small red 
cross ; at the top of the right hand page draw a small 
Bible. In the spaces below the cross and the Bible, 
either print the information necessary for invita- 
tions or the information about the program. The 
same idea drawn on a much larger scale may make a 
poster that arouses curiosity about the meeting. 
Another idea is to draw a front view of a very sim- 
ple church with a steeple. Make it so that it opens 
like a book. The same idea for the inside pages as 
described above may also be used for this plan. The 
same idea may make a splendid poster. Another idea 
is to trace the figure of Tia Andalucia on the cover 
of the mission study book and use it on invitations, 
on covers for programs, and on posters. 

Projects : Perhaps, your society will be interest- 
ed in making paper figures of Tia Andalucia and 
her nieces. Or maybe, you may even want to spend 
more time on this delightful story and dress small 
dolls as some of the characters in the story, and 
work out a sort of pageant with them. You might 
use a large clothespin and dress it up for Tia And- 
alucia, and smaller toy clothespins for her nieces. 



WHAT'S IN A BOX OF CLOTHING? 

They might not need them ; but they might. 
I think I'll send them off tonight. 
These very things of mine might be 
Precisely their necessity. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




Pray God's blessing on the Sisterhood 
which has been reorganized in the 
church near Garwin, Iowa. 

Remember the treasurer of your 
Sisterhood that she may have wisdom 
in all the duties of her office. 

Pray for each society as it meets the 
financial responsibilities, that each 
member may fulfill her part in shar- 
ing our work. 

Remember Mr. and Mrs. Morrill that 
they may be kept strong for His serv- 
ice during these pioneer days on the 
new mission station and that they may 
learn the language quickly. 

Ask God to bless richly Rev. and 
Mrs. Sickel in their service on our mis- 
sion field in South America. 

Pray for the work in the mission 
churches of the southern California dis- 
trict. 



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FROM THE 

MAIL BAG 



SENIOR SISTERHOOD OF 
SOUTH BEND, IND. 

The Senior Sisterhood of South 
Bend^ Indiana had their membership 
drive on November 26 along with the 
regular meeting. The meeting came to 
order and the devotions were given 
which were followed by prayer by our 
patroness. Mission study was given and 
then the Bible study. Missionaries' 
names were given out to the girls who 
are to pray for them and then later 
they will exchange names for another 
two months. We are doing this in or- 
der that it might help the girls in 
praying and also give them some one 
definite to pray about. 

After the business meeting was a 
special program and games. There 
were twenty members and four visitors. 
We received three new members into 
our Sisterhood. 

I might add that a week before the 
Sisterhood meeting, there were given 
out original invitations to all the mem- 
bers and girls who were of age to 
come to our Sisterhood. 

Sincerely yours, 
Miriam Gould, Cor. Sec'y 



May every life that touches mine, 

Be it the slightest contact, 

Get therefrom some good, 

Some little grace^ one kindly thought, 

One aspiration yet unfelt. 

One bit of courage for the darkening 
sky; 

One gleam of faith to brave the thick- 
ening ills of life. 




THE CI STEM I NG EAk 

6E YE DOERrOPTHEWOED; AND MOT HEARERS 

ONLY; DECEIVING YOUR OWN SELVES. 

JAMES 1:22 




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SENIOR STUDY— DEUTERONOMY 

The name of this book is not nearly so interesting as is the book 
itself. It is very appropriate, however, in that it means "second law," 
for in this book the law is repeated. This book might well be thought 
of as the "commencement address" to these people, for they have just 
been through a forty years learning experience in the wilderness and 
are about to enter in and possess their land. How Moses' heart must 
have throbbed as he gave them these last words of loving admon- 
ition ! 

In reading the book, some such division as this may help you. 
1-11 Call to remembrance 
12-18 Laws of ceremony 
19-26 Laws of social life 
27-34 Renewed covenant 
As you read, you will be interested to note some of these iteyns. 

Mark each place "remember" or "lest thou forget" is used, and 
discover what is to be remembered. 

Note the emphasis given upon the right heart relation to God. 

Keep a record of the repetition of "thou art a holy people unto 
Jehovah thy God." 

Give special attention to 6:4-9 and 11:13-21. These sections were 
copied in the Jewish Mezuzah. Notice — "teach — talk — bind — ^write." 

Watch the use of the "place Jehovah your God shall choose." 
Whose choice and will do we consider? 

Deuteronomy is quoted more often in the New Testament than 
any other book in the Pentateuch — 90 times in all. 

Relate 18:15-19 with John 6:14. 

Note the "Rock" in the song of chapter 32. It is related to the 
Christian's Rock of Ages? 

Those who would substitute the social gospel for the message of 
personal salvation should read this book carefully. The social em- 
phasis is not omitted, but something else must be a foundation. See 
4:39, 40. First comes God's work of grace, which we are admon- 
ished never to forget, then comes the life of fidelity to God and to 
our neighbor. Read in this connection Ps. 103:2-5; Eph. 2. 
Here are som,e quiestions 

Where are the people of Israel when they receive the exhorta- 
tion of this book? 

What has happened since Sinai that makes it necessary to repeat 
the law? 

In what chapter are the ten commandments found? 

What is meant by a "jealous God?" 4:24. Has it any rela- 
tion to a deserving love? 

How else can you describe God? 4:31. How is this shown, and 
what does it require of us? 

What else is said of God? 7:9? What then can He ask of us? 

What is the thing repeated most often that the Israelites were 
to remember? 

What influence did this book have in the life of Jesus in times of 
crisis? Mark 12:28, 29; Matt. 4:4, 7, 10. 

What temptations in the new land were they warned against, 
and what safeguards were they to set up against them. 

Is the teaching of stewardship of the New Testament a new 
thing? See 16:16, 17. 

Does God have a right to your life? On what basis? Note Ro- 
mans 12:1. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, hy the mercies of 
God—." 

"Bless the Lord, O my soul 
And forget not all His benefits." 

JUNIOR STUDY ACTS 1-5 

Juniors, did you ever wonder about the beginning of our Chris- 
tian church? Of course, religious people have had meetings together 
for many centuries, even before the time of Jesus, but our Christian 
church today is centered in the person of Christ. The first experiences 



February 8, 1936. 



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of the Christian church are told in the book which we are now 
going to read. Perhaps you can find some ideas about what a church 
should be like from your reading. 

The book of Acts is a marvelous story of the early Christian 
missionaries. Watch for them. This was close to the time of the 
death of Jesus, but notice what Jesus' disciples were preaching about 
Him. It is a wonderful thing to notice what has happened to make 
the disciples of the book of Mark the strong apostles of the book of 
Acts. 

Chapters 1, 2 — Waiting for and receiving the Holy Spirit. 

Chapters 3-5 — Witnessing in Jerusalem. 
Sonne Questions 

How" did- they— choose the new apostle? 

Who preached on the day of Pentecost, and what did he say? 

What do you learn about what they did in the early church? 

What did Peter and John do that was like what Jesus did? 

What about Jesus did they preach most in their sermons? 

How many believed on Jesus? 

What was the secret to Peter and John of the healing of the 
lams man? 

Why were they not afraid of what might happen? 

For what did they pray? 4:29-30. 

What was the custom of the early church for the members to 
do with their money? 

Why were Ananias and Sapphira punished? 

Why were the ap.)stles put in prison? Chap. 5. How were they 
set free? 

Who was Gamaliel? 

How did the apostles feel about their suffering? 

Did they stop teaching about Jesus as they were told? Why? 

Notice how often prayer is spoken about in these chapters. 

Some interesting verses to remember — 2:21; 3:6; 4:12. 



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OUR LITERATURE 

senior Mission Study Book 60c 

funior Mission Study Book 50c 

Sisterhood Manual 10c 

Covenant cards, Senior or Junior, 

per dozen 15c 

Sisterhood Hymn, per dozen 6c 

Covenant Candlelight service 

(by mail) 10c 

rhank Offering boxes ires 

Sisterhood Pins (new) 50c 

For this literature write to Mrs. D. 
\.. C. Teeter, Rochester, Indiana, R. R. 
i, % T>. V. Halloway. 

t STEWARDSHIP READING 
COURSE 
Required for Juniors 

Stewardship Stories, Guy L. Morrill, 
iOc. (A very interesting book. Each 
jirl should read it through. Maybe you 
will want to let each one tell one of 
;he stories. Plan with your patroness to 
lo some of the things — posters, acros- 
ics, memorize verses, learn hymns and 
)oems. Many of you want to start 
ceeping accounts). 

Thanksgiving Ann 5c. 

Marjorie Memorandum 2c. 

The Party Dress &c. (dialogue of 
wo girls). 

The Flight of Mr. Simpson 2c. 
Required for Seniors 
_ The Stewardship Life, J. E. Craw- 
'ord 50c. (A very interesting book giv- 
ng stewardship in its widest mean- 
ng). 

Marjorie Memorandum 2c. 

The Coinage of Life 2c. 

The Party Dress 2c. (dialogue for 
?irls, about 5 minutes). 

Myself 2c. 

Shedding One's Blood 2c. 

My Cake 2c. 



Immortal Money 2c. 

Is Your Class in This Class Free. 

Thanksgiving Ann 5c. (Playlet by a 
colored girl, her master and mistress, 
2 children, and a colored man; about 
15 min.; very fine message on planned 
giving; may be used as a reading). 

Additional Reading^ but not required. 

Uncle Ben's Bag 2c. 

The Economic Basis of Idealism 2c. 
(for older girls). 

Financial Strategy 2c. (for older 
girls) . 

From Three Angles 2c. 

Red Wagons 2c. 

Stewardship Scripture Memory 
Verses 2c. 

Books 

Speculating in Futures, Lovejoy $1. 
(stories for Seniors). 

Jesus' Teaching on the Use of Mon- 
ey, Ina C. Brown, Senior, 50c. 



Studies in Stewardship, Robert P. 
Anderson, Senior, 75c. 

Laughing Stewardship Through, Guy 
L. Morrill, Junior, $1. 

Readings and Plays 

Accounting that Costs — (learning to 
keep an account; 2 girls, 1 boy; mod- 
erately long) . 

The Mansion — (adopted from Henry 
Van Dyke; very effective to teach self- 
less giving; reading with musical ac- 
companiment; good length). 

The Second Mile — (being stewards 
of what we have; 6 girls, 15c). 

If you have a large fociety and wish 
more than one copy of some of the leaf- 
lets, be sure to make that clear in your 
order and add the extra cost. The 
Junior required materials will cost 64c 
and that for the Seniors, 72c. 

Send your orders for stewardship 
reading matter to Miss Dorothy Whit- 
ted, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, Ohio. 



Knocking folks like knocking engines 
need some kind of adjustment. 



A failure is one who has blundered 
and is not able to cash in on his ex- 
perience. 



If your religion is such that it may 
be hidden, it might also be easily lost. 



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Give thou thy youth to God, 
With all its budding love : 

Send up thy opening heart to Him; 
Fix it on One above. 

Take thou the side of God, 
In things or great or small; 

So shall He ever take thy side, 
And bear thee safe through all. 

Quail not before the bad; 

Be brave for truth and right; 
Fear God alone, and ever walk 

As in His holy sight. 

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WHAT MAKES A NATION GREAT? 
Not serried ranks luith flags unfurled, 
Not arrruyred ships that gird the world, 
Not hoarded wealth nor busy mills. 
Not cattle on a thousand hills, 
Not sages wise, nor schools nor laws. 
Not boasted deeds in freedom's cause — 
All these may be, and yet the state 
In the eye of God be far from great. 
That land is great which knows the Lord, 
Whose songs are guided by His word; 
Where justice rides 'twixt man and man. 
Where love controls in a/rt and plan; 
Where, breathing in his native air. 
Each soul finds joy in praise and prayer — 
Thu^ may our country, good and great. 
Be God's delight — man's best estate. 

— Alexander Blackburn. 
From "Quotable Poems," Vol. II. 



36 




AVord from Garwin, Iowa tells that 
the Sisterhood in the church there has 
been reorganized. This is good news in- 
deed. We remember our visit there and 
ask that you remember these girls in 
your prayers. We trust that they shall 
be able to continue in the work regu- 
larly now. 



Don't fail to read the interesting ex- 
periences from the missionary letters 
this month. 



You will remember that we helped 
financially in the work of Glendale, 
Calif, a year ago. You will be inter- 
ested to read the article by the wife of 
their new pastor. Surely we shall re- 
member this home mission church in 
our prayers. 



Have you ordered your stewardship 
literature? If not, do not delay any 
longer. Even if you cannot make the 
goals, you will want to do this reading. 
See the list and write to Miss Dorothy 
Whitted at once. 



If you wish to take a free-will of- 
fering to help a mountain girl have the 
privilege of going to school, you should 
plan to do it not later than the March 
meeting. Send whatever amount you 
receive to Miss Lyda Carter, Krypton, 
Ky., and tell her what it is for. This is 
not required, but only a. suggestion in 
connection with the Senior mission 
study. 



A note from the Sisterhood of Smith- 
ville, Ohio, says that they gave a play 
called "Aunt Tillie Learn to Tithe" and 
found it a real help. They are planning 
to be a banner society this year, as 
they were last. 



NOW is the time to fulfill as many 
of your goals as possible. Do not wait 
until the summer for there are so many 
things to interrupt your plans then. 



Are you making any plans for dele- 
gates to the national Sisterhood con- 
ference at Winona Lake, Indiana, in 
August. Begin planning now. We need 
you there. In choosing your vacation, 
give Christ the first place. 



Bless the Lord, my soul: 

And all that is within me, bless His 

holy name. 
Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
And forget not all His benefits. 

Psalm 103:1, 2 



The old world will never lose hope 
as long as there are young folks com- 
ing on. They will help to make a bet- 
ter world than their fathers hoped for. 
■ — C. M. Sheldon 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Sisterhood Goals for 1935-36 



LOCAL GOALS 

1. Twelve devotional meetings. 

2. One public program. 

3. Mission study with the use of ap- 

proved text. 

4. A prayer chairman to carry 

through a plan for prayer. 
5. % members cover the assigned Bible 
Heading for the year — (Jenesis 
through Kuth and Job for Seniors; 
Mark and Acts for Juniors. 

6. A stewardship reading course. 

7. Membership project. 

8. Annual cabinet meeting. 

9. Benevolent work other than band- 

ages. 

10. Bandages sent to District Secre- 

tary. 

11. Statistical report sent to District 

Societary by August 10. 
12. National dues sent to Financial 
Secretary in January and July. 



13. Thank offering received in April 

and sent to the financial secre- 
tary by May 15. 

14. Gift to Mission Home Fund sent 

by financial secretary by July 31. 

15. District dues of 15c per member 

sent to the district secretary by 
July 31. 

JUNIOR GOALS 
1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. 

HONOR GOALS 

1. A delegate to either District or 

National Conference. 

2. Thank offering boxes turned in by 

% of members. 

3. Outlook in the homes of % of 

members. 

DISTRICT GOALS 

1. One District meeting. 

2. All societies sending statistical 

reports. 

3. Two-thirds of societies banner. 

4. Missionary project completed. 



S. M. M. Useful Information 



NATIONAL S. M. M. OFFICERS 

Honorary Patroness — Mrs. G. T. Ronk, 
Lanark, Illinois. 

National Patroness — Mrs. F. B. Frank, 
7434 Rockwell Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 

President — Miss Dorothy Whitted, 1033 
E. Main St., Louisville, Ohio. 

Vice President — Miss (Ella Kimmell, 
5335 Larg3 St., Philadelphia, Penna. 

General Secretary — Miss Helen Garber, 
235 E. 49th St., New York, N. Y. 

Financial Secretary — Miss Mary Mer- 
rick, 1523 25th St., S. E., Washington, 
D. C. 

Treasurer — Miss Louise Kimmel, 517 
W. Main St., Berne, Indiana. 

Literary Secretary — Mrs. D. A. C. Tee- 
ter, Rt. 5, care Donald V. HoUoway, 

Rochester, Indiana. 



DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 

Southeastern 

President — Virginia Brumbaugh, Roa- 
noke, Virginia. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Ruth Sensen- 
baugh, Rt. 1, Fairplay, Maryland. 

Patroness — Mrs. H. W. Koontz, 105 Ot- 
terview Ave., Roanoke, Virginia. 

Pennsylvania 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Vera Crid- 
er, Waynesboro. 

Patroness — Mrs. Chas. Provance, Ma- 
sontown. 

Ohio 

Secretary-Treasurer — Evelyn Fockler, 
317 Belden Ave., S. E., Canton. 

Patroness — Mrs. Samuel Adams, Pleas- 
ant Hill. 



Indiana 

Secretary-Treasurer — AUegra Rich- 
mond, 504 East Walnut St., Nap- 
panee. 

Patroness — Mrs. J. R. Schutz, 503 Col- 
lege Ave., North Manchester. 

Illiokota 
Secretary-Treasurer — Dorothea Rahn, 

Lanark, Illinois. 
Patroness — Mrs. E. M. Riddle, 1117 

Randolph St. Waterloo, Iowa. 

Mid-West 
Secretary - Treasurer — Helen Ruth 

Stump, Falls City, Nebraska. 
Patroness — Mrs. Nona Wagner, Chase 

St., Falls City, Nebraska. 

Southern California 
Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Bernice 

Brown, 270 E. 42nd St., Los Angeles. 
Patroness— Mrs. W. E. McNeil, 5867 

Holmes Ave., Los Angeles. 

Northwestern 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Julia Cul- 
ver, Rt. 1, Wapato, Washington. 

Patroness — Mrs. B. G. Jones, 907 York 
Ave., Spokane, Wash. 



Send all monies for Sisterhood national 
dues 

Thank offering 
Mission Home Fund gift 
to Miss Mary Merrick, 1523 25th St. S. 
E., Washington, D. C. 



Send your district dues and bandages to 
your district secretary as given above. 



Send all materials for the Sisterhood, 
department of the church paper to Miss 
Helen Garber, 235 E. 49th St., New 
York, N. Y. 



Vol. LVIII, No. 7 



February 15, 1936 



The BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST 



BENEVOLENT NUMBER 



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Kept 



By Annie Flint Johnson 

''Hitherto the Lord has helped us, 
Hitherto his hand has led, 
Hitherto his arm protected. 
Hitherto his bounty fed. 

Will his love desert us wholly? 
Will his heart our need forget? 
Will his presence clean forsake us? 
Who hath never failed us yet? 

Still his constant care surrounds us 
Keeping watch by day and night. 
And his faithful proTViise tells us 
We are precious in his sight.'' 



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SIGNS OF THE TIMES 

By Alva J. McClain 



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ABY Carriages and Machine Guns. 



In preparation for the next war, 
which Germany Isnows may burst upon 
Europe almost any time, the Nazi rul- 
ers are mechanizing their various fac- 
tories so that they can, be quickly shift- 
ed to the business of turning out muni- 
tions for the army. In this connection 
a rather amusing story is being passed 
around in the cafes of Germany. 

It seems that a very poor laboring 
man was employed in a factory which 
made baby carriages. Into this home a 
new baby arrived. Being unable to pur- 
chase a carriage, a fellow-worker sug- 
gested that it would be easy to steal 
one by the simple expedient of carry- 
ing home each day some little part, 
and when all the parts were secured 
the carriage could be assembled at 
home. The poor man decided to follow 
his friend's advice and began to carry 
away the various parts. One day his 
friend solicitously inquired how he was 
getting along with the plan. The per- 
plexed father replied, "Not so good. I 
got all the parts, and I have tried all 
kinds of ways to put it together, but 
always the result is not a baby car- 
riage but a machine gun." 

In the third chapter of the prophet 
Joel, verse 10, we are given a picture 
of the nations as they prepare for the 
last world war. The prophet says they 
will "beat their plowshares into swords" 
and their "pruning hooks into spears." 
Germany seems to be traveling this 
road when she beats her baby carriages 
into machine guns. And Germany is not 
the only guilty nation. 



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F THINE Enemy Hunger. 



In connection with the munitions in- 
vestigation now being conducted under 
the leadership of Senator Nye, a great 
deal of discussion is going the rounds 
regarding the attitude this country 
should take toward other nations at 
war. Reading about some of the sug- 
gestions which are being seriously pro- 
posed, one is reminded of the mental 
hysteria which dominated this country 
(and even many of the preachers and 
churches) during the late world war. I 
have no doubt as to the sincerity of 
the men who are proposing some of 
the present day panaceas, but Chris- 
tian people should be careful about giv- 
ing their support under the supposi- 
tion that these proposed solutions are 
Christian. 

If we are going to put this matter on 
a strictly Christian basis, we should un- 
derstand that Senator Nye's "embargo" 
scheme is no more Christian than com- 
bative warfare is Christian. He pro- 



poses that in the event of war, this 
country shall immediately cut off food 
supplies from the fighting nations. We 
are being exhorted to support this 
scheme on the ground that it is Chris- 
tian. But is it ? The answer of the Bible 
is very clear: 

"If thine enemy hunger, feed him; 
if he thirst, give him to drink," (Rom. 
12:20). 

The truth of the matter is that you 
cannot apply the rules of Christian con- 
duct to nations which are not Chris- 
tian. And there is no Christian nation 
on earth. Let us beware of permitting 
ourselves to be stampeded into ways 
of thinking that are not according to 
the Word of God. 



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O DRIVING For Five Years. 



As the penalty for driving an auto- 
mobile while drunk, a man in Ohio is 
sentenced to thirty days in jail, $300 
plus costs, and the loss of his driving 
license for five years. 

This is the kind of justice that is 
needed everywhere. The thing that will 
hurt most is not the jail sentence, nei- 
ther the money fine, but the loss of 
his right to drive a car. 

The worst punishment that can be 
inflicted upon men is to prevent them 
from doing what they want to do. In 
the case cited above, the man is for- 
bidden to do just one thing that he 
wants to do, and that only for five 
years. Consider now, in the light of 
this, what hell will be like. There the 
unrighteous will not be permitted to 
do anything that they want to do, not 
merely for five years, but for all eter- 
nity. This is only part of the picture, 
but if hell included nothing more, this 
one thing should cause men to flee to 
Jesus Christ who is able to take away 
our evil impulses and desires. 



r INLAND Is Surprised. 

Of all the nations that borrowed 
money from our country in connection 
with the late world war, only one is 
meeting its obligations with honor. 
That nation is Finland. Each year, 
as the date for payments rolls around, 
all the other nations send polite ex- 
cuses. Finland pays in accordance with 
her promises. 

So unusual is the action of Finland, 
in a world of nations which regard the 
keeping of their solemnly given word 
as a matter of mere expediency, that 
it has found a place on the front page 
of the day's news. Difficult as it may 
be to believe, the honesty of a nation 
has become such an unusual thing that 
it is front page news. Editors have sent 



The Brethren Evangelist] 

reporters to inquire of Finland's pres- 
ident how it happens that they pay 
their debts. 

The President, although a bit sur- 
prised at the world interest in the hon- 
esty of his country, replied simply: "I 
see a deep moral principle in the ful- 
filment of obligations. It is a point of 
honor which should be held intact in 
private life as well as in international 
intercourse." 

The politicians of our own country, 
in whose hands our national welfare 
rests for the present, could do nothing 
better than to clip the honorable utter- 
ance of Finland's president and paste 
it on their desks where they can look 
at it from time to time. 



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jINSTEIN Morality. 

Dominated for years by the philos-| 
ophy of the cult of evolution, and more 
recently by the application of Einstein j 
physics to the realm of morals, ourj 
educational authorities have been grad- 
ually undermining the whole world of 
morality both private and public. To 
reduce their doctrine to one simple 
sentence: — students have been taught 
that there is no absolute right or 

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ANOTHER STATESMAN SPEAKS 

John Bassett Moore, former World Court member, 
who according to Senator Johnson of California, is 
"the greatest living authority on international law," 
recently said, "Well might we believe if we accept 
the doctrine of divine interposition in human af- 
fairs, that God is so displeased with us that He has 
turned loose upon us a plague of propagandists, and, 
in order to facilitate their destructive work, has de- 
prived our people and our rulers of the faculty of 
reason." 

This statement was doubtless meant by Mr. Moore 
as a mixture of sarcasm and ridicule. But he spoke 
more truth than he realized. 

In the first place, God has always interposed in 
the affairs of men and nations. Although men may 
be blind to His workings, He is unfolding the ages 
in accordance with His own wisdom for the ultimate 
good of man and for the glory of God. 

In the second place, God IS displeased with us. 
Our modem world has not hstened to God's Son 
from Heaven. The authority of Christ, the truth of 
His plan of redemption, and the Word of God are 
denied wholesale by all the nations of the earth. God 
is displeased with the human race. 

In the next place, God has allowed a plague of 
propagandists to harass the nations. This plague 
is the result of the mystery of lawlessness which the 
Apostle Paul said was already working in his day. 
It will continue to work until at last it shall cul- 
minate in that godless world dictator about whom 
we read in Revelation thirteen. 

Furthermore, he hits the 
nail squarely on the head 
when he says that perhaps 
God has allowed the people 
and the rulers to be deprived 
of the faculty of reason. This 
sounds like the Scripture it- 
self. We read that when this 
age moves on toward the eve- 
ning time and when that dark 
sinister figure shall gather to- 
gether the godlessness and re- 
bellion of man and Satan in 
himself, and men and nations 
shall reject the Christ of God 
and the God of the Bible, that 
then "God shall send them 
strong delusion that they 
shall believe a lie, that they 
all might be damned who be- 





lieve not the truth, but hstd 
pleasure in unrighteousness." 
This may help us to see why 
men will believe things even 
today when they are so con- 
trary to the Word of God. 
Men think they are wise, but 
they may only be the victims 
of "strong delusion." 
AN EVENING AT HOME. 

Just recently the editor and 
his family were enjoying a 
pleasant evening at home. It 
is quite unusual to enjoy such 
an evening together. With 
some definite responsibility 
almost every night for five 
years, an evening at home 
with the family is a treat. It 
was comfortable inside. Out- 
side the wind was blowing, the snow was drifting 
and the thermometer registered below zero. 

The door bell rang. The man who stood at the 
door was a business man who explained that his 
car was stalled in a snow drift. Pohtely he asked for 
the privilege of using the telephone to get in touch 
with a garage man to pull him out. After he had 
used the telephone, he sincerely expressed genuine 
gratitude and left. But he had forgotten one thing. 
He had forgotten to leave his cigar on the outside. 

TIMES HAVE CHANGED. 

This man was as kind and polite as any man 
whom you would expect to meet. He did not mean 
to distress anyone. But he did not realize that there 
are still some people who do not enjoy having their 
houses polluted with tobacco smell. The editor re- 



IN THIS NUMBER 



Signs of the Times 2 

Editorials 3, 4 

From Your Benevolent Board 5 

The Sign of a Man's Knees in the Sand 6' 

Current Tendencies which Limit Faith and Life — 

Alva J. McClain 7 

I'll See You Again 8 

A Recipe for Christian Beauty— A. E. Whitted 9 

Effective Bible Teaching 11 

Christian Life Department 13 

Poem— Someday I'll Understand— Marie E. Kilby ...... 14 

Testimony to Baptism 14 

Sunday School Page 15 

Christian Endeavor Department 18 

News From the Field 19 






members when he was a boy that whenever a smok- 
ing man came to our house, he either voluntarily left 
his tobacco on the outside or asked if it was custom- 
ary to smoke in the house. (Nobody smoked at our 
house). But now things are different. 

SMOKING SERMONS. 

With over eleven years of pastoral experience, 
the editor has yet to preach his first sermon on to- 
bacco. Although much can be said, there are too 
many other subjects of greater importance. Of 
course it might be well to admit that once in a great 
while a very few carefully planned statements were 
made "just accidentally — just thrown in," but God 
calls His servants to preach the Bible not tobacco. 

SOME INTERESTED READERS. 

Perhaps most of the readers may have quit be- 
fore getting this far in the editorials for this week. 
But there are some who are still reading. Among 
this patient group, there are a goodly number who 
have followed carefully and that with great rejoic- 
ing. These are they who, as a result of a close walk 
with the Lord, have found that the man who has 
the hght of the Lord Jesus Christ in his heart does 
not need a light on the end of a cigarette. 
■^ The editor could name many of these who have 
found the joy of the Lord thus far superior to the 
joy of the old pipe. How wonderful if these men 
(and women) could be brought before our readers 
to tell their stories. Some of these testimonies would 
be most humorous but all would be filled with spir- 
itual joy and victory. It is truly marvelous to see 
how a close walk with the Lord will change people's 
desires and habits. 

A QUESTION ASKED. 

But somebody asks, "Can't a man who smokes get 
to Heaven." Probably so, but he won't smoke after 
he gets there. Salvation is not attained by quitting 
this or that or even by doing this or that. Salvation 
is life. It is the hfe of Christ planted in the Chris- 
tian. This makes the Christian a new creation. "If 
any man be in Christ, he is a new creation." (II Cor. 
5:17). 

The Bible teaches us that our bodies are the tem- 
ples of the Holy Spirit, and we are therefore not 
our own. We are bought with a price and are expect- 
ed to glorify God, (I Cor. 6:19-20). 



// we say that we have fellowship with 
him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do 
not the truth; but if we walk in the light as 
he is in the light, ive have fellowship one 
with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ 
his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 

—I John 1 :6-7 



The Brethren iSvangeiis 

PIPE ORGAN MECHANIC. 

The pipe organ in a church needed to be repaired 
On the proper day the mechanic arrived ready t( 
do his work. He was a Christian or at least a churc'r 
member. As he walked up the steps he took his pip( 
from his mouth and carefully laid it down in a cor 
ner of the steps. After the repair job was com 
pleted, he came out the same door and rememberinj 
his friend which he had left outside, picked up his 
pipe and put it into his mouth. He would not tak( 
it into the house of God, but he did put in into the 
temple of the Holy Spirit. This is not saying any 
thing against smoking. It is simply a record of i 
event which took place. 

Editorial Notes and News 

MANY OP THE YOUNGER people in the Brethren Churcl 
do not realize the sacrifices and trials through which somi 
of the pioneer ministers of the Brethren Church have gone 
They preached many times under the strenuous oppositior 
of unbelievers, the perils of life dangerous to health am 
without financial remuneration. Many accounts of these 
heroes of the faith will never be known by the majority o; 
our people. But God does not forget! One of the ministeri 
in our church told the editor some years ago how he turne( 
dovm a "job" which would pay thousands of dollars to ac 
cept a "position" to preach the Gospel on a salary of les 
than $500.00 a year. This man is now elderly and securinj 
aid from the Superannuated Ministers' fund. He has done 
a noble work. Do we appreciate these things ? 

On February 16. an opportunity is to be given for the 
churches to receive an offering for the Superannuated Min- 
isters' Fund and the Brethren Home. When this offering ii 
received, our people should remember that those for whon 
it is received are responsible, humanly speaking, for some 
of the blessings now enjoyed by the Brethren Church. 

POOR PA says: "Dave don't practice his religion because 

they didn't build the church where he wanted it. He don'1 

care to go to heaven from the other side of town." , 

I 

A CLASS in Personal Evangelism is being taught bj 

Brother Grant McDonald, the pastor at the Canton church 

The value of this cannot be estimated. So many people wh( 

desire to be of service for the Lord in effectively witnessing 

do not know how. It is one thing to "argue religion," it ii 

quite another to show people the way of the Lord out oi 

His Word so clearly and so kindly that these people will be 

glad to listen again. . 

THIS MONTH we are shifting the Home Mission numbei 
of the magazine to the fourth week. This will give us the 
opportunity of giving special attention this week to the in- 
terests of the Benevolent Board. It happens that there are 
five issue to be mailed in February, therefore Dr. Bauman'i 
prophetic department will appear in the fifth issue. All whi 
receive this issue will also receive the fifth. 

THE CHURCH at South Bend, Ind., of whicji Dr. Roberi 
Porte is pastor is now in aii evangelistic campaign witt 
Dr. L. S. Bauman as the evangelist. Remember this series 
of meetings before the Throne of Grace. 

IT CAN'T BE DONE 
"THERE ISN'T A SON OF GOD living anywhere or 
earth who can live content in sin. IT CAN'T BE DONE. U 
a person is living content in sin he needs to be bom again.' 



February 15, 1936. 




The Beautiful Home Owned by the Brethren at Flora, Ind. 



A Message to You From 

Your Benevolent Board 



I "AM I MY BROTHER'S 
KEEPER?" 

To this question, the man of the 
vorld would answer at once in the neg- 
itive. But it is true that all human life 
s inextricably linked up with others, 
!0 that failure on the part of any is 
•eflected in the lives of others. There- 
'ore, whether we wish it to be so or 
lot, the great apostle was wholly right 
vhen he said "No man liveth unto him- 
lelf, and no man dieth unto himself." 
failure on my part in either the fields 
if production or distribution is felt at 
east in some small degree by others, 
md I may not excuse myself by saying, 
'I have all I can do to take care of my- 
lelf." In the spiritual realm, and all 
ither realms affected by those who live 
n it, there is not much effort to shift 
esponsibility, and thus we have the 
hurch with its various activities, each 
equiring outlays of cash and much ef- 
ort. Christians offer hard earned mon- 
y freely to carry the gospel to the un- 
er-privileged, both at home and 
broad; and to build and sustain hos- 
itals or educational institutions; and 
support other institutions, the ob- 
3ct of which is to meet the need of 
hose who are physically or mentally 
eficient. All these things they do be- 
ause of that inner urge which has been 
cm by contact with "Him who be- 
ame poor that we through his poverty 
'light become rich." It was because of 
loughts thus born that it was desired 
|) create a fund from which help could 
[8 given to men who had spent them- 
Islves in the work of the Christian 



ministry. I am sure that no true mem- 
ber of the Brethren church will try to 
evade giving the proper answer to the 
question which is raised by the title 
of this paper. If you have been com- 
fortably warm during the cold of the 
winter and if you have been fed to your 
complete satisfaction, I am sure you 
will not forget those who have accepted 
your invitation to find a home in The 
Brethren's Home at Flora, nor will you 
fail to show tangible appreciation for 
the services given by the men who have 
given all they had in the preaching of 
the Word. When the opportunity is 
given to make your contribution to 
these worthy causes, all we expect of 
you is to give as you feel the Lord 
would want you to do. We can only 
distribute what you give us for that 
purpose. 

MARTIN SHIVELY, 
Pres. of the Board 



TO THE TRUE AND FAITHFUL 

OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 

As a newly elected director of the 
Brethren Home I feel the responsibility 
of accepting such a place on the Board. 
I am therefore interested just at this 
time in our offering for the Home and 
the aged ministers who look to us for 
support. I am very much concerned as 
to the publicity this appeal should 
have. Too few of our people receive 
the Evangelist and therefore do not get 
the facts to support a worthy cause 
such as this. 

We have made a place in our denom- 



inational program for the Brethren 
Home for which I am glad. It is there- 
fore entitled to a fair and just sup- 
port with the other interests of our 
Brotherhood. Therefore, it behooves 
each and every Brethren to face 
squarely his obligation to the Home as 
the day approaches to lay our gifts on 
the altar. We must not "sow sparingly, 
but bountifully" as we give to this im- 
portant and useful interest of our 
church. 

We can reflect back to the past and 
know for a certainty that others gave 
very generously, nobly, and unselfishly 
to make this Home what it is today. We 
should carry on in memory of their ex- 
ample and render to our Brethren Home 
the support it needs and must have if 
it is to function as the needs require. 
I am sure our entire Brotherhood will 
rally to the call. We look for the church 
to give to our support that the com- 
ing offering will be the best in years. 

I pray that it may be so. 

Yours for a generous offering, 
JOHN C. ECK. 



HAVE YOU THOUGHT? 

By Rev. Fred C. Vanator, 
Benevolent Sec'y 

Just how lately have you thought of 
your responsibility as an individual and 
as a member of the Brethren Church 
for the support of the aged ministry? 
We all probably think of this obliga- 
tion when the time comes for the re- 
ceiving of the offering for th« Breth- 



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ren's Home arid the Superannuated 
Minister's Fund, but how much we 
think of this at other times of the year 
is problematical. Yet each month there 
goes out from this Treasurer of the 
Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 
a checlc which contributes to the com- 
fort and security of those who have 
been accepted by this Board — those 
who have spent their lives in the 
preaching of the gospel. 

It has been so arranged at the pres- 
ent time that we are able to set aside 
a certain specified amount that may be 
used during the year for this payment. 
How large this amount will be is not 
in the province of the board, but de- 
pends entirely on how much YOU as 
individuals and churches contribute to 
the fund. 

The sad thing about our benevolence 
work is that we are unable to give as 
much to each man as ought to be given 
in relation to his service to the church 
in days gone by. Let us remember that 
there were days when these men who 
are now receiving this support were 
working in the interest of the church 
without thought of the amount of mon- 
ey they would receive, but were labor- 
ing in terms of how many souls they 
could direct toward the Christ of God. 

Put yourself in the place of these 
men who have labored without thought 
as to their future: AS YOU DO, REAL- 
IZE THAT THERE IS NO OTHER 
SOURCE OP INCOME THAN THAT 
DERIVED BY THE GIFTS OF THE 
INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE INTER- 
ESTED IN THE WELFARE OF 
THESE MEN. If you really do this 
and do it on your knees before God, 
then you will arise from your knees 
with a full determination to do your 
part. 

There is one thing that is very im- 
portant! That is for you to remember 
that when the offering for the Breth- 
ren's Home and the Superannuated 
Fund is taken that IT IS REALLY 
TWO OFFERINGS. So, in your real- 
ization of the need of the aged min- 
istry it will be necessary for you to 
make your Benevolent offering twice 
the size that you aim to make for the 
single fund. 

So many times we think that these 
offerings are minor ones. In the past 
they have been supported as if they 
were just that. But they are not unim- 
portant. They are vital parts of the 
whole program of the Brethren 
Church. 

Remember that our church does not 
have a pension fund out of which the 
retired minister draws a percentage of 
the salary he was formerly paid. All 
we have is a fund which is supplied by 
interested individuals, and what we are 
able to pay depends on what you are 
WILLING TO GIVE. 

When the time for this offering 
comes, give from the knees and the 
heart and not merely from the pocket- 
book. 
Peru, Ind. 



THE SIGN OF A MAN'S KNEES 
IN THE SAND 

By A. W. Bailey of the South Africa 
General Mission 

For three and a half years there had 
been neither dew nor rain in Israel. 
Their dire distress had divided the peo- 
ple into companies. Spiritual dearth 
and declension in our own land to- 
day seem to have divided us into sim- 
ilar companies. The story of Israel's 
dearth is told in James 5:16-18 and the 
17th and 18th chapters of I Kings; ours 
is told in press and pulpit, playhouse 
and prison-house, courts and capitols — 
everywhere. 

Company One. The Ahabite self-seek- 
ers. "Ahab went up to eat and to drink" 
(I Kings 18:42). Feeding their stomachs 
and gratifying their craze for amuse- 
ment and pleasure, the Ahabites are a 
mighty company in America today. 

Company Two. The mourners over 
the drought. The Scriptures do not need 
to mention the crowd. They are a sure 
crop in every drought. We can see them 
gazing mournfuly at the deep cracks in 
the earth — signs of the worst drought 
Israel ever had suffered, but they were 
not closing a signle crack by their 
complaints. They are still with us to- 
day. 

Company Three. The seven thousand 
who had not bowed the knee to Baal — 
Israel's modern religion (I Kings 19: 
18). But neither were they bending 
their knees to Jehovah to any appar- 
ent purpose. Looking for the restora- 
tion of the worship of Jehovah in Is- 
rael, they were doing nothing effective 
to bring it to pass. They represent the 
solid but silent body of church mem- 
bers who today listen appreciatively to 
an orthodox pastor, or without protest 
to a destructive modernist. 

Company Four. The straddlers, or 
"middle of the road" men. The sample 
shown was Obadiah. He was a believer 
in Jehovah and a supporter of the 
prophets, but running with the ma- 
chine (I Kings 18:3-16). He tried to 
look out for the glory of God with one 
eye, and for his position in Ahab's cor- 
rupt court with the other. Obahiah's 
name can be written many times, with 
varying spelling, in our land today. 

Company Five — The bread and water 
prophets. A hundred prophets of the 
Lord, in a cave, divided into two camps, 
looking for their bread and water. This 
is perhaps the saddest spectacle on the 
horizon. Here were men, called of God 
to the prophetic office, and having 
God's mesage, hiding from danger in 
a cave looking to Obadiah for their 
daily supply of bread and water, but 
neither preaching the Word, nor pray- 
ing for a revival. We need not look in 
vain for this company in our midst to- 
day. 

Company Six. The skygazer — a lad 
with an intent, wistful face, gazing up- 
ward, looking for the "sign of a man's 
hand in the sky" (I Kings 18:43, 44). 
Spiritual, unselfish, unworldly, we love 
the lad; yet he was doing nothing to 
bring to pass that for which he longed 
and watched. We must look beyond the 



gazers for the sign of a revival to fi 
the man of whom God used to turn 1 
tide. 

Company Seven. One man — Eliji 
He wrote in the sand the sign for wh 
God was looking — "the sign of a ma 
knees in the sand." It was then Eli; 
furnished that simple sign, which a 
one of the others might have furnish 
that there was the "sign of a ma 
hand," "a sky overcast with cloud 
"a sound of abundance of rain," and 
very great rain." Clad in an oxh 
mantle, knees in the sand, and head 
tween his knees, one man won the a 
tory. 

While the Ahabites today look 
their restaurant signs and the mo 
signs; while the calamity mourn 
look for more and deeper cracks in 
spiritual life of the church; while 
seven thousand with dustless knees 
ten with equal urbanity to orthodox 
modernistic sermons; while the Ob 
iahs look to see some Ahab for the £ 
nals of the machine; while the hund 
prophets of the Lord look for tl 
"bread and water" instead of declar 
the whole counsel of God; while ' 
sky-gazers gape for some supernatu 
sign in the heavens — God is watch 
for "the sign of a man's knees in 
sand." 

In what respect does the one dii 
from those of the other? Not phys 
ogically — ^he was a man. Not psycho! 
ically — he was a man of like passic 
Not theologically — he was a righte 
man; but so are all believers in Chi 
He differed geographically — "As Je 
vah liveth in whose presence I sta 
(I Kings 17:1). He lived in God's pi 
ence, hence his knowledge of God's m 
his courage and certainty in prophi 
and his resistless power in prayer, 
life was not Ahabward, nor earth-wi 
nor other-ward. Therefore, he furnis 
the sign for which God looked, an( 
still intently looking — 

"The sign of a mans knees in 
Sand." 

May be secured in tract form fi 
Fundamental Evangelistic Associat 
313 West Third Street, Los Ange 
Calif. 



HOLY BIBLE, BOOK DIVI>{ 

"Holy Bible, Book divine! 
Precious treasure, thou art mine 
Mine to tell me whence I came; 
Mine to t&ach me what I am; 
Mine to chide me vsfhen I rove; 
Mine to show a Saviour's love; 
Mine to guide my wayward feet 
Mine to judge, condemn, acquit: 
Mine to comfort in distress. 
If the Holy Spirit bless; 
Mine to show by living faith, 
Man can triumph over death; 
Mine to tell of joys to come. 
In the saint's eternal home: 
O thou holy Book divine, 
Precious treasure, thou art mine 
— John Bu: 



ebt-uary 15, 1936. 




Current Tendencies Which 
Limit Faith and Life 



The Apostle 
Paul, valiant con- 
tender for the 
Christian faith, is 
never a mere spec- 
ulative theologian 
defending a sys- 
tem of thought for 
;s own sake. Neither is he greatly concerned to de- 
end God, "as though he needed anything" from 
lan. So far as God Himself is concerned, the Apos- 
le doubtless felt that he could afford to ignore the 
letty negations of unbelief, knowing that "the foun- 
ation of God standeth sure." But their effect upon 
uman life was another matter, one in which God 
limself is infinitely concerned. And Paul, in his de- 
ense of the Christian faith, never loses sight of the 
ital relation between the completeness of Chris- 
ian revelation and the fulness of the Christian life. 
Vith him it was not a question of what men might 
lossibly get along without, and yet live. Men may 
ive on a crust of bread, and those who prefer to do 
have of course less trouble defending their posses- 
ions. But men do not thus live at their best. All the 
piritual riches needed to make human life full and 
omplete, the Apostle had found in Christ. To dimin- 
sh Christ was to plunder the spiritual possibilities 
if human life. Hence his stern warnings against all 
endencies of thought which might obscure or limit 
he revelation of Christ to men. 

One of these warnings appears in the Colossian 
Cpistle, most clearly expressing the implications of 

* This article by Professor Alva J. McClain, Dean ofAsh- 
and Theological Seminary is rejmnted from The Biblical 
ieview, a magazine which his been set for the schola/rly de- 
ense of Christianity. When this article was first printed 
he editor stated, "This is thoughtful analysis of the trends 
hat are arising from this anarchistic spirit of the times 
...Freedom from all restraint is for some minds almost 

; religion in itself But this article is not confined to the 

legative side of the case, for Professor McClain devotes his 
losing pages to showing that Christianity is a constructive 
mwer that deals with all of life — life as it really is,... .by 
rringing him (man) into contact with the great Fact thai 
■esolves all questions, that is, the transcendent Person, God 
n Christ." 

We are glad to sha/re this article with our readers, feeling 
hat it will not only be an aid in helping to see modern 
rends, ' hut will cause us to appreciate the stand which is 
taken by our own Theological Seminwry. 



By Alva J. McClain 



yielding to such tendencies: "Take heed lest there 
shall be anyone that maketh spoil of you through 
his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition 
of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not af- 
ter Christ : for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the 
Godhead bodily, and in him ye are made full" (2:8- 
10). The passage contains three important ideas 
which need constant emphasis in the irreconcilable 
conflict between Christianity and the rudiments of 
the world. Changing somewhat the order of their 
statement in the passage, these ideas are as follows : 
First, in Christianity the Person of Jesus Christ has 
all the fulness and value of God; He is God. Second, 
in Christ human life is made full and complete. 
Third, human life may be hindered from reaching its 
ideal fulness in Christ by reason of certain tenden- 
cies, philosophic and traditional, which limit the 
Christian message and mar its effectiveness. It is 
the last line of thought which I shall follow in this 
paper, but the first two should be kept in mind be- 
cause they constitute the background of the entire 
discussion. 

One of the most apparent tendencies in the mod- 
ern religious world is what may be termed the 
vogue of vagueness in theological matters. This is a 
curious characteristic of the modern rehgious mind, 
especially curious because science is the ruling spirit 
of the present hour, and to science vagueness is one 
of the unpardonable sins. The scientific method, to 
which the world is so greatly indebted, demands 
clarity and exactness in term, formula, definition, 
and statement. Yet strange to say, when the Chris- 
tian thinker attempts to employ the same method 
in the statement of his faith he is confronted by an 
almost intolerant opposition. The physicist who la- 
bors for years to give the world an exact formula is 
applauded, but the Christian investigator under 
similar circumstances is often condemned as a split- 
ter of theological hairs. It is permitted us to use 
such terms as "God" and "Christ" and "immortal- 
ity" and "atonement," but we must be careful not 
to make any very definite assertions about them. 

This seeming passion of vagueness indicates, for 
one thing, a spirit of intellectual indolence in the 
field of religion. For vagueness is the beloved refuge 



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You drive your car over the bridge with perfect faith that 
it will hold you. But it really is not your faith which holds 
you. it is th^ object of your faith. So it is with the Christian. 
Faith cannot save unless that faith is placed in the right ob- 
ject. The Lord Jesjus Christ is the object of our faith. He 
is able to save to the uttermost. 



of sluggish minds. It makes accuracy unnecessary, 
relieves the sharp travail of thinking, and settles all 
differences by turning out the lights. As a labor- 
saving device, it has obvious advantages. An ac- 
quaintance of mine used to have difficulty with the 
spelling of the word friend. So he always wrote the 
i and the e exactly alike, and carefully placed the 
dot midway between them. By this rather simple ex- 
pedient he spared himself the labor of mastering the 
correct spelling, and at the same time escaped the 
humiliation of ignorance. A certain type of modem 
religious thinking is like this. Berkeley used to say, 



"We first raise a dust, and then complain that we 
cannot see." With a slight change, the philosopher's' 
charge might be applied to the type of thinkingt, 
which I have in mind. They first raise a dust, andy 
then declare that they can see. 

It has been argued, of course, that exactness in^ 
matters of religion is not possible as it is in the' 
case of the natural sciences. Without bothering to 
deny such an argument, it will be sufficient toj 
point out that, for purposes of discussion and com- 
munication, exact terms are essential. They make 
the work of different investigators available to eacti 
other. They make it possible to teach ideas. It is not 
in the first instance a question of whether any one 
religion is either true or false; but, if we are to 
study the field of religion at all, we must find terms i 
with some degree of definite meaning. Even if all' 
religion were false, as some would have it, still we 
could not play fast and loose in our discussions of 
it. There is little use, certainly, in forbidding the 
use of ancient terms in new senses. No one can stop 
that. But what we should object to — in the interest 
of clear thinking, at least — is this shifting of the 
meanings of traditional religious terms without due 
explanation. If someone, for example, wishes to 
identify God with the social mind of humanity, there 
is no way to prevent him. Only such a one should 
explain his meaning when he solemnly affirms, "I 
believe in God the Father." 

Definiteness in the religious field is highly desir- 
able, if for no other reason than that it is in the 

(Continued on page 17) 



I'll See You Again" 

The following article wa^ written by 
a Brethren pastor who providentially 
ivas given this very unique opportunity 
to minister to a man condemned to 
death. It is full of heart throbs. It 
makes us appreciate the gracious love 
of God which has touched our hearts 
else we might have been brought to 
prison, judgment and death. Praise God 
that there is hope for sinners! — Editor. 

He was young, too young it seemed 
to die the death of a hardened sinner, 
yet the law had said that he had mur- 
dered, and the law had said that he 
should die. I came to him that dismal 
night across the dankishness and dark- 
ness of the prison yard, a guard at 
one side and the prison chaplain at the 
other. It was a sober walk. The som- 
ber hulks of darkened buildings thrust 
themselves blackly skyward about us, 
-—except one ahead. It was a-blaze with 
light. It reminded me of a small boy 
whistling in the dark to keep up a fine 
front. That building was our goal. 
It was Death House. 

Up two short steps, through a door, 
down a brief length of corridor, through 
another door unlocked by a guard from 
within, and we stood inside. Straight 



ahead in the wide corridor at the far 
end hung a white curtain. THAT had 
not been there before. Hurriedly my 
eyes swept to my left for that which 
instinctively I knew I should not see, 
that black and grisly reminder that the 
ways of sin are death. We climbed no 
stairs this time, — the one we sought 
was in his last cell. 

Three times, a stair I did not climb, 
an object I did not see and a curtain 
that by its merciful attempt to hide 
only revealed, and a cold claminess 
seized my soul. It was not alone sym- 
pathy for a fellow man who was to die, 
it was the manner of the death. It 
was not mere pity, it was the realiza- 
tion that under more abundant oppor- 
tunities we could have been fast 
friends. It was not a shallow senti- 
ment, it was the thought that this life 
SHOULD HAVE borne fruit to the 
glory of God. It was not merely despair, 
for there were yet four hours and the 
Governor MIGHT intervene. But the 
preparations indicated more clearly 
than words that so far he had NOT. 

A soul on the verge of eternity, a 
life on the brink of the grave, society 
about to exact its due for a crime it is 
not real sure this boy committed. In 
that moment I hardly remembered the 
supposedly professional nature of my 



office, though it was my "profession" 
that had gained me entrance. I was 
just one person about to say a few 
words of encouragement and consola- 
tion to another about to die a violent 
death because the law said that he had 
once acted in violence. The forces of 
emotion, of the unalterable nature of 
the laws of the universe, yea, the forces 
of the spirit world bore heavily down 
on me then. Never had that refuge in 
Jesus Christ looked sweeter. Over Him, 
praise God, all this was powerless. 

More than half the length of the cor- 
ridor away a shirt-sleeved guard sat in 
a rocking chair before the opened outer 
door of a "solitary." I knew; a man 
is not even left alone in the hour of 
death. There is a portion, of kindliness 
in it. Then there is the determination 
that the law shall not be cheated in the 
last minutes. To that cell door I went. 
The guard withdrew to the far side of 
the corridor. He did not leave. This 
was his job. He did it nicely, courteous. 

ly- 

As I stepped to the open door, the 
boy sprang to his feet from his seat 
on the edge of his bunk. An instant of 
recognition! A prison-softened hand yet 
a firm warm clasp through the bars of 
the inner door, and an eager burning 
(Continued on page 15) 



A 

Recipe for 
hristian Beauty 

By A. E. Whitted * 



I am thinking of seven verses of 
;ripture which lie hidden in the very 
;art of the Hebrew letter as I pon- 
;r and mediate on the subject of 
lis address. ~ 

I am quite sure if the advice given is applied the 
;sults will be nothing short of a life of real beauty 
id strength. I shall give you the recipe before we 
•ntinue to say how it should be administered. We 
3ad in Hebrews 10:19-25 these words, "Having 
lerefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy 
lace by the blood of Jesus, by the way which he 
jdicated for us, a new and living way, through the 
3il, that is to say, his flesh; and having a great 
riest over the house of God ; let us draw near with 

true heart in fulness of faithi having our hearts 
)rinkled from an evil conscience; and having our 
3dy washed with pure water, let us hold fast the 
mfession of our hope that it waver not; and let us 
msider one another to provoke unto love and good 
orks ; not forsaking our own assembling together as 
le custom of some is, but exhorting one another; 
id so much the more, as ye see the day drawing 
igh." Herein you will be able to find those three 
ualities that are always present and predominant 
1 the genuine christian life. 

Faith, Hope and Love 

These are the qualities that make the christian 
fe attractive, and even what is more — effective in 
s ministry. It isn't any wonder that Paul in climax- 
ig his beautiful discourse on love should exclaim, 
Now abideth, faith, hope, love, these three; but 
le greatest of these is love." Surely we would be 
astified in proclaiming with Peter, "For if these 
lings are yours and abound they make you to be 
ot idle nor unfruitful unto the knowledge of our 
.ord Jesus Christ," (H Pet. 1:8). 
Boldness 

These qualities are based on the fact of our 'bold- 
ess to enter.' Because of Christ, our high priest, we 

Pastor, Brethren Chv/rch, Louisville, Ob'o. 




Lakes high up in the mountains will reflect the form of the trees, the 
blue of the sky or the gold of the sun, provided that they are not ruffled 
by storms. The Christian however, who is filled with faith, hope and love 
can reflect the glory of God even in the midst of storm. 



are given access to God the Father with boldness. 
This was not true under the old covenant. Remem- 
ber at Sinai, the rank and file of the people were 
made to stand 'afar off.' Only a chosen representa- 
tive could draw near to God. Why was this? God 
is holy; man is unholy, full of sin and guilt. As we 
read in the book, "Your sins have separated be- 
tween you and God." For you and me it is possi- 
ble, in Christ Jesus that that separation no longer 
exist. The awful chasm between God and man has 
been bridged. "But now in Christ Jesus ye who 
sometimes were afar off are made high by the blood 
of Christ," (Eph. 2:13). Wonderful provision in 
God's Son! Because of his sacrificial blood and his 
ever living presence in Heaven you and I who believe 
in him may enter into blessed communion with 
God. 

Fulness of Faith 
We are now ready for the first part of our three- 
fold recipe. 'Let us draw near with a true heart 
in fulness of faith.'- This comes first and is prim- 
ary in importance. We dare not neglect it. It is like 
the flour in the cake batter; it holds and cements 
firmly and smoothly together the other ingredients. 
Unless you are willing to learn to 'draw near' you 
will not be able to 'hold fast,' and if you cannot 
'hold fast' you will not be in any position to 'con- 
sider one another unto good works.' This art of 
drawing near is not a matter of moods, of disposi- 
tions, or of feelings as some may think. The heart 
of man is freed from fear by the power of the truth 
as it is in Christ Jesus. Jesus himself said, "I am 
the truth" and again, "If ye abide in my word, then 
ye are truly my disciples; and ye shall know the 
truth, and the truth shall make you free," (John 
8:31-32). We can get rid of the accusing conscience 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



at the Cross where Jesus died, the just 
for the unjust. Then if "we walk in the 
light as he is in the light we have fel- 
lowship one with another and the blood 
of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us 
from all sin," (I John 1:7). Here is 
another little statement, 'having our 
body washed with pure water.' This 
refers us to the laver in the old cov- 
enant, at which the priests washed be- 
fore entering upon the daily services 
of God. So provision has been made so 
that we can 'be washed by the wash- 
ing of water through the Word' from 
all spiritual defilement which we might 
have gathered as we journey, — Yea, let 
us truly draw near in fulness of faith. 

Hold Fast 

So much for the first part of our re- 
cipe. But we not only must 'draw near 
in faith,' we must also 'hold fast the 
confession of our hope.' The happy 
part of it is that once we have drawn 
near in faith, it will not be difficult to 
'hold fast.' " What we need most as 
Christians in this day of rush and hur- 
ry, is a willingness to 'draw near' in 
the study of God's Word and in prayer, 
that we might be renewed by the Spirit 
and enabled to 'hold fast' our hope. I 
like that word liope. It is a word ap- 
plied expressly to Christians. It would 
seem that salvation, is a matter of hope 
as well as faith. Our salvation has a 
future as well as a present aspect. For 
this thought we may turn to verse 37, 
— "For yet a little while, He that com- 
eth shall come, and shall not tarry. 
"This was the hope of these Hebrew 
Christians; it is your hope and mine 
today. So the apostle appeals to them 
to hold fast the confession of this hope 
without wavering. In their midst were 
many who cried, 'Where is the promise 
of his coming?' So also are such with 
us today. They were ridiculed, abused 
in many ways and had need of patience 
that they might obtain the promise. "So 
Christ also, having been once offered 
to bear the sins of many, shall appear 
a second time, apart from sin, to them 
that wait for him, unto salvation." 
Are you, my friend, 'holding fast' the 
confession of hope' that you too may 
obtain the promise? 

Good Works 

And now we step on and up into the 
third part of our recipe. It immediately 



follows, "Let us consider one another 
to provoke unto good works." Provoke, 
that is to stimulate, to encourage oth- 
ers in the way of right and truth. It 
is surely not possible to do this unless 
you have entered into such a way your- 
self. So we contend that it necessi- 
tates, 'a drawing near,' 'a holding fast' 
of self. The logical sequence of this 
triple recipe cannot be changed. Like 
the laws of the Medes and the Persians, 
it cannot be altered. To know the third, 
one must know the second, and to know 
the second in experience, one must 
without doubt know the first. Most 
truly this is the working principle of 
the genuine Christian life. "If any draw 
back my soul shall have no pleasure in 
him." 

The fellowship of the saints and 
the encouraging of one another are al- 
ways important, but especially is this 
true as we see the day approaching. 
What day? These Hebrew Christians 
knew. The day of the blessed Lord's 
return. The day about which the proph- 
ets testified. "Alas for the day, for 
the day of the Lord is at hand and as 
a destruction from the Almighty shall 
it come," (Joel 1:15). "Alas for that 
day is great, so that none is like it; 
it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; 
but he shall be saved out of it, (Jer. 
30:7). This day was not to be the 
end of the things; rather the beginning 
of better things for the saints of God. 
It was darkness leading to the light, 
evening pointing to the morning of a 
glorious day. "And in that day shall ye 
say, Praise the Lord, call upon his 
name, declare his doings among the 
people, make mention that his name is 
exhalted. Sing unto the Lord for he 
hath done excellent things. This is 
known in all the earth, cry out and 
shout, thou inhabitants of Zion: for 
great is the Holy One of Israel in the 
midst of thee," (Isa. 12:4-6). 'This 
hope was dear to the Hebrew Christian. 
Our hope too is in Christ, (I Tim. 1:1), 
and his appearing, (Titus 2:13). So 
my dear people as we look for that 
day, "Let us draw near to Him in ful- 
ness of faith, "holding fast the confes- 
sion of our hope, always considering 
one another to provoke unto love. Thus 
shall our lives to be beautiful and fruit- 
ful as we wait in steadfastness our 
glorification. 



Those ivho will some day find themselves in Heaven will 
he there because of tvhat Christ has done. Those who find 
themselves in hell tmll he there because of wlmt they have 
done. Since God has committed to ^^s the Word of recon- 
ciliation, there is a sense also in which sinners will find 
themselves in hell because of what we have NOT done. We 
have God's Word. We dare not refuse to carry it to lost 
men. 



A LOST SORROW. 

I once heard a man speak of lost sor- 
row. At first I did not know what he 
meant. But his thought quickly emerged 
and I saw it all. A lost sorrow was a 
sorrow out of which a man failed to 
get the blessing which God means to 
come out of it for him. Out of every 
sorrow God means there should come 
submission; a drawing nearer to his 
own great heart of love; a new vision 
of the shallowness of worldly streams 
and the depths of Divine ones; a closer 
devotion of Jesus Christ than ever be- 
fore known; a loosening of the grasp 
on time, and its tightening upon eter- 
nity. It is a solemn fact which some of 
us know all too well that sorrow leaves 
us either closer to God or farther away. 
By our resistance we may make it a 
head-wind baffling and driving our tiny 
craft back from its destined haven of 
rest; but by our submission God will 
make it a favoring one to waft us on- 
ward into the safety and tranquil rest 
of his perfect will. — James H. Mc- 
Conkey. 



I LIKE HIM, DON'T YOU? 

The man who is licked and yet can grin 
Who straightens his tie and tilts his 

chin 
Who stands up straight when he's 

knocked down flat 
And says "It's a great old life at that." 
Well — I like him, aon't you? 

The man who loses at least three times 
Who must needs count his change in 

nickels and dimes 
Who squares his shoulders and makes 

a bet 
And says "I'll make a fortune yet." 
Well — I like him, don't you? 

The man who has chosen the path that 
leads far 

Who has hitched his wagon to the far- 
thest star 

Too footsore and weary and half afraid 

Yet says, "Lord help me to make the 
grade" 

Well — I like him, don't you? 

And the man who has been betrayed by 

a friend 
In whom he had put his trust to the 

end 
Who still remembers the virtues he'd 

had 

And says, "Ah, well, he wasn't all bad." 
Well — I like him, don't you? 

And the man who has come to the end 

of the road 
Whose weary frame totters as he sets 

down his load 
Who says as he stands with his face to 

the west 
"Lord, Lord, Thou knowest I have done 

my best." 
Well — I like him, don't you? 

— Mrs. Roy Coon, Winsor correspondent 
of the Express-Courier). . - 



ebruary 15, 1936. 



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Effective Bible Teaching 



By Rev. J. T. Larsen 



There are different methods of study- 
g the Bible, and also various ways of 
aching the Bible. The Sunday School 
acher is preeminently a Bible teach- 
. The lesson should be taught some- 
nes from a single angle or method. 
)metimes the lesson must be taught 
tibracing all possible methods. Some 
' these methods are: The synthetic 
ethod, the analytic method, the chap- 
r summary method, the topical meth- 
1, the textual method, the "word 
udy" method, or the BOOK method. 
11 of these methods may be enforced 
f one another and should be used to- 
rther in so far as possible. Sometimes 

Bible Class may desire to study a 
^rtain Book, others desire to study the 
reat Christian Doctrines of the Bible, 
he personal study method should be 
devotional method, although even this 

a means of laying foundations for 
)und teaching and sensible setting 
irth of His truth. 

The Sunday School teacher should 
ive a knowledge of several things in 
rder to be effective as a teacher of 
le Bible: (1) A knowledge of God 
id Christ through an experimental 
lith in the new birth by the Word .ind 
le Spirit. (2) A full assurance of 
tlvation and daily victory through 
hrist. (3) A working knowledge of 
le Bible as the inspired Word. (4) 
. knowledge of human nature and 
seds, with a knowledge of the psy- 
lology of human minds. (5) A knowl- 
ige of how to teach and the right 
lanner of presenting the truth for any 
a:e, or mixed ages. (6) A knowledge 
I how to lead souls to Christ in the 
ass or out of it. (7) A knowledge of 
le particular lesson for that hour, 
jupled with a proper understanding of 
ther related truths. 

Whom We Are to Teach 

Let us always consider whom we are 
> teach. Lesson study and its teaching 
(lould be adapted to the ages and ca- 
acities of the members of the class. 
ome have abilities of spiritual discern- 
lent above others. There needs to be 
n adaptation of the truth to the class 
s a whole. The teacher or superintend- 
nt should know the ages of the pupils 
pon enrollment, and their ability to 
rasp truth. Sometimes a knowledge of 
iie parents may help to determine this, 
r a first-hand knowledge of the pupil. 
L simple series of tests could be given 
a the pupils either in class or by cor- 
espondence during the coming week, 
"he writer once tried these tests on a 
Toup of children in a week-day Bible 
Ichool and found the deficiencies as 
rell as the capacities of the pupils in 
his way, which was helpful in syste- 
latic grading. 



What Are We to Teach? 

"I have stuck unto Thy testimonies," 
said the Psalmist. Let us teach the 
Bible, and less and less of our words. 
Children remember a great deal which 
is told them, let us have them remem- 
ber God's Word by hearing it taught 
and by memorizing it. Telling is not 
teaching, but proper study, with shrewd 
teaching is real teaching. A teacher 
may give wonderful stories, facts, fig- 
ures, etc., and yet not be really teach- 
ing. The teacher should allow the 
Word to speak for itself. Teach the 
Christ of the Bible, and teach what the 
Bible says about the Christ. Use the 
quarterly as a help, but not as a ma- 
jor; let it be secondary. Teach them the 
sinfulness of men, the truth of the Bi- 
ble, the precepts and laws of God, mak- 
ing sin exceedingly sinful. Teach them 
the way of salvation based upon the 
Blood of Christ, and faith in Himself. 
Teach the imperativeness of salvation 
and seek a verdict in their soul. Know 
the look of discernment and apprecia- 
tion and work with the ones who are 
"ripe" and ready for conversion. Do 
not force a premature conversion. That 
is, do not force the conversion ahead of 
conviction by the Word and by the 
convincing work of the Spirit. Try to 
help the children first of all spiritually, 
then practically, mentally, socially, or 
even educationally. Too many teachers 




Much tliat is produced todatj in the 
name of Bible teaching and religious 
propaganda is both away from the 
Bible and quite frequently contra/ry to 
it. Some time ago a high-powered mod- 
ernist was about to speak over the rad- 
io. His announcer, not knowing much 
about the Bible, but feeling that he 
should give the man a good introduc- 
tion said, "Ladies and gentlemen, you 
are now about to hear the prince of the 
power of the air." More truth than 
poetry? ? ? Read Eph. 2:1-2. 



put the last four mentioned needs first, 
instead of last. 

The General Aim, Objective, and 
Motive in Teaching 

This objective should be to lead the 
pupil to a knowledge of the Bible, a 
knowledge of God and Christ, to evan- 
gelize and win their souls for Christ, to 
build the saved members up by edifica- 
tion of the truth, and to make for true 
Christian character by the indwelling 
Spirit of Christ. Sound teaching should 
also lead to Christian conduct. It is not 
enough to show them Christ, Creeds, 
Character, but there must be a knowl- 
edge of how to form Christian Conduct. 
The application should be prominent in 
any teaching; not only the practical 
application but the Spiritual and eter- 
nal. We should present not merely the 
historical fact and figures, but the priv- 
ileges of being a Christian, the cost 
of not being a Christian, and the re- 
sponsibilities which such a life demands. 
A point of contact should be secured 
from the class on their plane of living; 
for the lesson may miss the point in 
their lives. Sometimes the asking of a 
question, telling a story, or asking them 
to tell a story, will begin for the teach- 
er and the class a point of contact upon 
which they all may build. 

To fail to lead children and youth to 
Christ in the class is to fail utterly, 
for that is the prime object of all Bible 
teaching. True, there may be several 
weeks teaching before any harvest is 
reaped, but it must come in "its season" 
(Ps. 1). The two-fold aim, then, should 
be to lead them to Christ and to build 
up in the faith of Christ. 

How Shall We Teach the Lesson? 

Depend upon the encouragement of 
the indwelling Spirit — "He will guide 
you into all truth: for He shall not 
speak of Himself; but whatsoever He 
shall hear, that shall He speak: and 
He will shew you things to come. He 
shall glorify Me: for He shall receive 
of Mine, and shall shew it unto you" 
(John 16:13-15; 14:26). 

Use past knowledge, experience, and 
illustrations to enforce truth, both in 
the presentation and the application of 
the truth. Be specific so that no mis- 
understanding may arise and that no 
needless difficulties may hinder. 

Ask general questions to the whole 
class, and sometimes ask questions of 
some individual, never in consecutive 
order. Try to keep them alert and 
aroused to the question of the hour. 

Use several methods in presentation: 
there is danger of overdoing the illus- 
trative method. Other methods are: 
Pictorial, Cathechetical, Object Lesson, 
Illustrative, Didactical, and Summary 
methods. In order to use these methods 
singly or separately one must decide 
beforehand what methods of approach, 
development, and consummation may 
be possible. Don't simply "drift" into 
the lesson, through it, and from it, but 
get somewhere — ^have a goal! Here 
again, the Spirit's wisdom must lead 
and teach all teachers of His truth, for 
we are His mouthpieces. Ask yourself 
the question: When? What? Where? 
For Whom ? Why ? and What -applica- 



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tion? Beware of the shallow study 
leading to shallow teaching and haphaz- 
ard teaching: go deeply. Aim to both 
evangelize and edify the class. Give 
something for the saved, the careless, 
and the unsaved. Look for hidden 
truths and draw the pupil's attention 
to them by the question method. 

Do not teach about Christ merely as 
a good man, a great man, a good exam- 
ple, etc., but make much of the Blood 
of Christ and the Spirit will make much 
of your teaching. Prove, paint, picture, 
promote, and persuade souls to see the 
truth and know Him who is the embodi- 
ment of Truth! 

Let us teach Law with an end in 
view to show the contrast in Grace. 
Let us teach the Old Testament with 
view to showing fulfillment in New 
Testament. Let us teach the blessedness 
of Heaven and the terrors of the judg- 
ment, of death as prescribed by the 
Law, so that the pupils will prefer the 
life through Christ who died for them. 

Finally, let us leave results with 
Him. "Having done all, to stand." Pray 
well, prepare thoroughly, and eome 
humbly, firmly, and cheerfully to your 
important task of teaching His truth, 
not merely your opinions about it. Bet- 
ter crowd out other material duties 
and pleasures than to crowd out the 
careful preparation of the lesson. 

—The Truth Bearer 



MANY A CHRISTIAN LOOKS BIG, 
BUT— 

WHEN PUT ON THE SCALES IS 
HOLLOW 

The stout lady on the scale was eag- 
erly watched by two small boys. 

The lady dropped in her cent, but 
the machine was out of order and reg- 
istered only 75 pounds. 

"Goodnight, Bill," gasped one of the 
boys in amazement, "she's hollow." 

Many a man rides to church in a 
fine car on Sunday morning and talks 
like he was the mainspring of the 
church, but when the offering plate 
comes around he's hollow! 

Many a woman who is the leading 
lady at every social blowout in the 
church, and wears the swellest fur coat 
in the congregation is hollow when it 
comes time to pray! 

Many a preacher who looks like a 
preacher, talks like a preacher, and acts 
like a preacher, yet when he gets into 
the pulpit on Sunday morning you dis- 
cover that he is hollow too! 

How many fine appearing religious 
folks will be found hollow at the throne 
of God ? 



A QUESTION 

If I really, really trust Him, 

Shall I ever fret? 
If I really do expect Him, 

Can I e'er forget? 
If by faith I really see Him, 

Shall I doubt His aid? 
If I really, really love Him, 

Can I be afraid? 
—Record of Christian Work. 



HOW ABOUT YOU? 

We get so USED to 

some things, we FORGET 

after a WHILE 

how really WONDERFUL 

they are. 

Take the BIBLE for instance. 

Since CHILDHOOD 

we've all heard what 

a great BOOK it is. 

We accept that as a FACT 

and go along for YEARS 

NODDING our heads 

and saying "YES" 

and ONCE in a while 

or maybe OFTENER 

reading a PASSAGE or two. 

Then something HAPPENS. 

Things go WRONG, 

troubles begin to PILE up 

we DON'T KNOW what to do. 

We TRY this and that 

and all the TIME 

there on the TABLE lies the Bible 

tight SHUT. 

BUSINESS is bad. 

People OUT of work, 

Savings DWINDLE, 

things look BLACK— 

that's no TIME to sit down 

and MULL over 

an old HEBREW Book. 

PERHAPS! 

But every once in a WHILE 

Some MAN or WOMAN 

facing DEFEAT 

SITS down 

with the BIBLE 

and SUDDENLY finds 

it TALKING directly to him— 

talking like a FRIEND 

like a WISE counsellor 

ENCOURAGING, advising 

cheering, GUIDING. 

With WIDE EYES 

and JOY in his heart 

he DISCOVERS 

WHY the Bible is called 

the BOOK of BOOKS 

Not for its POETRY 

Not for its THEOLOGY 

Not for its HISTORY 

But for the HELP it gives 

to men and women 

in TROUBLE. 

It's something you can't REALIZE 

until it HAPPENS to you. 

But when it DOES 

you always REMEMBER it. 

What about YOU? 

Have you merely READ the Bible, 

Or have YOU 

DISCOVERED it? 

And IF it has helped you 

Have you TOLD others 

about it so that 

it could HELP them too? 

Are you AFRAID 

to TALK about the Bible 

to the PEOPLE you meet 

in EVERYDAY life? 

Put DOWN that fear. 

People NEED the Bible, 

they need the help it can GIVE them 

today as NEVER before. 

READ the Bible yourself. YES 

but TELL others about it. 



The Brethren Evangelist 

FEEDING THE HUNGRY 

A Polish woman in Chicago, thirty- 
four years of age, was near to death 
from tuberculosis. Through many days 
of increasing weakness she had listened 
to broadcast over station WMBI, operat- 
ed solely for gospel programs. The 
fact of a perfect and complete re- 
demption in Christ Jesus had been so 
stressed as to arouse her desire to 
know the Lord as her own Saviour. 
This hunger unabated from day to day. 
She realized that she had but a little 
time to live. 

While her rearing had been in the 
Roman Catholic Church, and her fam- 
ily urged her to send for a priest to 
whom she could make confession, she 
insisted that "some one from Moody" 
must come to see her. In response to a 
telephone call the director of Practical 
Work at the Institute sent out a young 
woman of deep spirituality, and whose 
large experience in dealing with troub- 
led souls fitted her for the present mis- 
sion. 

Shortly before the arrival of this 
student, a priest had visited the sick 
chamber and had done his best to draw 
forth a confession from the troubled 
woman. Her stedfast reply had been 
that only to Jesus would she make con- 
fession. The student worker was warm- 
ly welcomed, her reading from the Bi- 
ble eagerly listened to, and it was not 
long until the light of a real salvation 
dawned within this soul. Being justi- 
fied by faith she had peace with God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The remaining days of her life were 
radiant with a new found joy, and she 
daily witnessed to the power of God 
to save and comfort "whosoever be- 
lieveth in Him." 



HOW IS IT? 



Years ago, Claus Hames, one of the 
most useful preachers in Germany, once 
met a friend to whom he told how many 
times daily he had to speak. His friend 
presently said, "But, friend Hames, if 
thou hast so much to say, when art 
thou still ? And when does the Spirit of 
God speak to thee?" That simple ques. 
tion so impressed Hames that he re- 
solved from that time to devote a por- 
tion of each day to retirement and sil- 
ent study. 

"How is it," said a Christian man to 
his companion, as they were both re- 
turning from hearing the saintly Bram- 
well, "how is it that Brother Bramwell 
always tells us so much that is new?" 
The companion answered, "Brother 
Bramwell lives so near the gate of 
Heaven that he hears a great many 
things which the rest of us do not get 
near enough to hear. — Sel. 



WRITE about it 

and GIVE it too. 

If you can do only a LITTLE 

in this WORLD 

to help your FELLOW men today 

at LEAST 

you can do THAT.— S. S. Times. 



February 15, 1936. 



13 



CHRISTIAN LIFE DEPARTMENT 

"Christ in you the Hope of Glory" Col. 1:27 



THE GLORIOUS SECRET 

By Mrs. Penn-Lewis 

"It was the good pleasure of the Fa- 
;her that in Him should all the fulness 
dwell"— Col. i. 19. 

"The riches of the glory of this mys- 

;ery which is CHRIST IN YOU."— 

:ol. i. 27. 

The word mystery as used in the 
Vew Testament is "a sacred secret, 
ong kept hidden, and while so hidden, 
s absolutely impenetrable by man." 
iVhat is this secret that the Apostle 
^aul writes about in his letter to the 
]olossians — a secret that he seems to 
lave no words to describe, but full of 
'riches of glory" beyond human con- 
:eption ? 

This secret, he tells us, had been hid- 
len from the "ages" preceding the days 
n which he wrote, but the fulness of 
ime had come, and it was then God's 
rood pleasure to make it known in His 
;aints — those redeemed by the blood of 
vhrist, and separated unto Him. 

The secret so long kept hidden could 
jinly be revealed by God Himself, but 
he Holy Spirit was given that the chil. 
Iren of God should know the things 
reely given to them by God. The 
ilessed Holy Spirit is sent to reveal 
•he secret, and I»e is ready to reveal 
t to all those who truly desire to know 
t (I Cor. ii. 9-10). 

The blood-bought children of God 
leed to know this glorious secret. It is 
n truth an open secret to all who are 
aught of God, and yet it is veiled to 
■0 many who are true believers, and 
JO on living a sad up and down life of 
sinning and repenting," day after day, 
vhen the knowledge of the "secret" 
TOuld admit them into constant vic- 
ory, unbroken peace, deep satisfaction 
nd rest! 

But what is the secret? It is sum- 
ned up in two brief sentences — In Him 

11 the fulness! "Christ IN YOU 

:lory!" (Col. i. 19, 27). 

It simply means thai, the Father has 
laced in his Beloved Son all the sup- 
ly for our need. All light; all love; all 
ower; all patience; all joy; all peace 
-all we need for "life and God-like- 
.ess' '(II Peter i. 3), now in this pres- 
nt time (Col. ii. 3, 9, 10). 

In Him is the tulness of God. In us 
-nothing! We have nothing to offer 
led, but our wills. The willingness to 
eceive His Son as our Saviour, and 
len as our King, enthroned upon the 
irone of our hearts, is all that the 

I'ather desires, and asks of us. 
The Secrei Revealed 
"It was the goot pleasure of God, 
'ho separated me .... and called me 
irough His grace, to reveal HIS SON 
|M ME."— Gal. i. 15, 16. 



The Apostle Paul did not learn the 
secret at the feet of Gamaliel. It was 
wholly sealed to him until God Himself 
revealed it to him, and then his eyes 
were opened to see him the Lord had 
been watching him from his birth, and 
had chosen him for His service. 

The glorious secret can be known by 
us in the same way. The Holy Spirit 
must unveil the living Christ as dwell- 
ing in us, just as He first of all re- 
vealed it to him, and then his eyes were 
opened to see how the Lord had been 
watching over him from his birth, and 
had chosen him for His sei-vice. 

The glorious secret can only be 
known by us in the same way. The 
Holy Spirit must unveil the living 
Christ as dwelling in us, just as He first 
of all revealed Him to us as our Sav- 
iour. 

Moreover we shall never know the 
secret by trying to grasp it with our 
minds, nor by puzzling over it as to 
how it can be! The Lord Jesus Himself 
said of the Holy Spirit, "He shall take 
of Mine, and shall declare it unto you." 
But the eternal Spirit can only reveal 
when our minds are at rest, and we 
have given up "trying to see," and 
when we even give up our anxious seek- 
ing to know Him, as well as all self-in- 
trospection, for many are disposed to 
look within for an experience, instead 
of only to the risen Lord. 

When we cease from our struggles, 
and efforts, and tell the Lord we are 
willing to let Him take His own time, 
and reveal to us His Son in His own 
way, then suddenly, as by a brightness 
wholly apart from our consciousness, 
Christ is revealed in us — a living bright 
reality. 

We may not be able to tell how, or 
when, but we know by the witness of 
the Holy Spirit, that the Lord Jesus 
reigns within, even as He said to His 
disciples, "In that day ye shall know 
that I am in My Father, and .... I IN 
YOU" (John 14:20). 

The Secret Manifested. 

"It was the good pleasure of God 
... .to REVEAL HIS SON IN ME, that 
I might preach Him .... and they glor- 
ified God in me."— Gal. i. 15, 16, 24. 

When the churches at Judea heard 
what had happened to the Apostle Paul, 
and how he preached the faith of which 
he once made havoc, he says "they glor- 
ified God in me." This is always the 
result of Christ's indwelling! When He 
is revealed in us, others glorify God, 
and not the earthen vessel He makes 
His temple. They do not say "what a 
wonderful Christian," but "what a won- 
derful God." 

Moreover, when Christ is revealed in 
us, we cannot help preaching Him by 
word and life. It used to be "I know 



what I have believed, but now it is 
"Whom" I have believed. When Christ 
is revealed in us, and we have learned 
the glorious secret, we may be sure that 
the "secret will out!" There is not 
much need to question. Shall I confess 
it? For others will see Him working 
through us, and come and ask us how 
they may learn the secret too. 

After the revelation of Christ in the 
Apostle Paul, and the manifestation to 
others, we read of energizing power of 
this wondrous secret. The Apostle 
writes "He that wrought effectually in 
Peter the same was MIGHTY IN ME." 
(Gal. ii. 8 A.V.). 

The Lord wrought in Paul as effect- 
ually as He wrought in Peter on the 
day of Pentecost, when Peter was 
changed from being the coward he was 
in the judgment hall, and became a bold 
fearless witness to the crucified and 
risen Lord. Even so the risen Christ 
dwelling in the Apostle Paul wrought 
through him mightily, doing "mighty 
signs and wonders" by him, working in 
him both to "will and to work, for His 
good pleasure." 

"He that wrought effectually in Pet- 
er was mighty in me," said the Apostle. 
Paul had proved that God could ener- 
gize him as well as Peter, although he 
was not one of those filled with the 
Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost. 
Oh, that each child of God might be 
shown by the Holy Spirit that the same 
Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all 
them that call upon Him. It is possible 
for each blood-bought child of God to- 
day to say likewdse, "He that wrought 
effectually in Paul, is mighty in me." 
The Secret and its Conditions. 

"I have been crucified with Christ; 
yet I live; and yet no longer I, but 
Christ liveth in me: and that life which 
I now live .... I live in faith, the faith 
which is in the Son of God." — Gal. ii. 
20. 

This verse contains the secret of 
knowing the secret! Let us notice that 
the words "crucified with Christ," pre- 
cede "Christ liveth in me." 

Our eyes are opened to see the ful- 
ness in Christ, and then He shews us 
that the secret of being conformed to 
His image, and walking as He walked 
in this present evil world, lies not in 
our trying to be like Him, but Jesus 
Himself coming to dwell in us as His 
temples, and Himself living His own 
life through us. 

It is a great step forward when, as 
children of God, we see that we have 
absolutely failed to live like Christ, 
and give up the trying! The patient 
Lord has to let us try, that we may 
find out that it is impossible for human 
beings to copy the life of the Holy Son 
of God. 

Just as we attempted to save our- 
selves, or make ourselves fit to ap- 
proach God, and then found after all 
our striving, that we were "nothing 
bettered, but rather grew worse," so, 
after the matter of our salvation is 
settled, we again seek to do the very 
same thing, apd think that now our 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



sins have been forgiven, with His help 
we can succeed in pleasing Him, and 
working for Him. Again we are al- 
lowed to try, and fail, just that we may 
realize our helplessness. 

How many of us also have a dim 
idea that we have "gifts" to offer God, 
and expect Him to sanctify the old 
life, and make something better of 
us! Someone once said it was a long 
road to the end of ourselves, and it 
does seem such a long time before we 
really honestly are willing to say "in 
me .... dwelleth no good thing" (Rom. 
7:18). Like King Saul we use our own 
judgment, and are willing to destroy 
what we consider vile and refuse, but 
spare what we call "good" to offer to 
God in service. 

The Holy Spirit has to teach us, 
sometimes very painfully, that we have 
no best to retain, and that our very 
comeliness is corruption, for all that is 
of the old life is under the curse of 
sin. 

The Divine plan is not to improve 
the old life, but that we should commit 
it to death — the death of the Cross, 
for it really was crucified witJi Christ 
in the sight of God when He died on 
Calvary. It must not be "I"^ — ^even 
apparently good "I" — trying to please, 
and work for Christ. We must recog- 
nize and accept God's sentence to death 
upon "I" in every form, and yield all 
to the Cross of Calvary. 

When our eyes are opened to see 
our place as crucified with Christ; 
nailed together with Him to His Cross; 
and agree to live the crucified life of 
true self effacement, then the Spirit 
of God will bear witness by revealing 
Christ within, no longer a dim and dis- 
tant Lord, but, as one has said, "an 
inside Saviour!" Then He is able to 
manifest Himself through the earthly 
house of our bodily frame, and glorify 
His Father. Then He is able to work 
through the yielded body, not feebly 
and intermittently, but with effectual 
power; no longer hindered by us, but 
blessedly moving through us as He 
wills, as we obey Him fully. 

"It is no longer I that live, but 
Christ," — this is the secret of which 
glory and riches too feebly express the 
fulness. 

We need to remember however that 
Christ dwelling in the believer will not 
destroy his individuality. The Apostle 
writes "Christ liveth in me." 

We see the capital "I" crucified, the 
"I" that dethrones and dishonours the 
Lord, but to "me" that still lives! A 
"me" that must yield quicic and implicit 
obedience to the tender gracious King 
dwelling within the heart. Christ, not 
self on the throne of the heart, the new 
spring of life at the centre of our be- 
ing. 

The "Secret" for others. 

"My little children, of whom I am 
again in travail until Christ be foiined 
in you."— Gal. 4:19. 

"Oh that Christ might be revealed in 
them, and fully formed in them," was 
the Apostle Paul's yearning desire for 
his converts, and to this end he tra- 
vailed on their behalf. How he watched 



and prayed, nursed and cared, encour- 
aged and warned them, as he watched 
the Holy Spirit patiently and tenderly 
detaching them from the old earth-life. 
Paul laboured among them according 
to the "working" which was working 
in him mightily (Col. i. 29), with one 
great end ever before him, that Christ 
might be formed in them, and that he 
might present every one of them full- 
grown in Christ in the day of His ap- 
pearing. (See Col. i. 28, 29). 

This is the Glorious Secret now open 
to all who consent to the conditions 
of its unveiling. The redeemed one but 
an earthen vessel, a fragile body of 
clay, with the old "I" nailed to the 
Cross of Christ, and the Living Christ 
dwelling within. A vessel of clay man- 
ifestly not sufficient to think anything 
as of itself, that all may glorify God 
in it. A vessel of clay so yielded to 
God that He can work through it in 
unhindered power, whilst it is simply 
living, moment by momient, in faith 
upon the Son of God Who reigns with- 
in. 

Thus walking hour by hour under the 
power of the cleansing blood, the God- 
posessed soul is ever being brought into 
fuller conformity to the death of Christ, 
"Always bearing about in the body the 
dying of Jesus, that the LIFE also of 
Jesus may be manifested. Always de- 
livered unto death for Jesus' sake, that 
the LIFE ALSO of Jesus may be man- 
ifested in our mortal flesh" (II Cor. 4: 
10, 11). 
The Timeless Power of the "Secret" 

And the key to it all is FAITH — 
faith in the working of God. "For this 
cause," wrote Paul to the Epjiesianp, 
"I bow my knees unto the Father. . . . 
. that ye may be strengthened with pow- 
er through His Spirit in the inward 
man; that CHRIST MAY DWELL IN 
YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH, 
(and) that ye may be filled unto all 
the fulness of God." (Ephes. 3:14, 19). 

"God in heaven hath a treasure, 
Riches none may count or tell. 

Hath a deep eternal pleasure, 
Chi-ist the Son He loveth well. 

God hath here on earth a treasure 
None but He its price may know 

Deep unfathomable pleasure; 
Christ revealed in saints below." 



TESTIMONY OF HISTORY 
By Chrysostum (Born 347 A. D.) 

"For when we immerse our heads in 
the water, the old man is buried as in 
a tomb below and wholly sunk forever: 
then as we raise them again, the new 
man rises in his stead. As it is easy 
for us to dip and lift our heads again, 
so it is easy for God to bui-y the old 
man and shew forth the new. And 
this is done thrice, that you may learn 
that the powcn- of the Father, the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost fulfilleth all this." 
Again: "Christ delivered unto His dis- 
ciples one baptism in three immersions 
of the body, when He said to them, 
'Go teach all nations, baptizing them in 
the name of thei Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost.' " 

— Commentary on John Homily 25 



SOMEDAY I'LL UNDERSTAND 

By Marie E. Kilby 

The following poem was composed by 
a bed-fast sufferer in Waterloo, la. She 
was too ill and wvak to brush away a 
tear. While able, she spent many hours 
reading her Bible^ but recently she has 
gone blind. She composes poevfis and 
remembers them until somie one can 
write them down. The great faith and 
hope expi-essed in this message should 
be an 'encouragement to all of us. 

—(Editor) 

So^neday I'm going ho^ne to be 
Where none are blind, where all can 

see; 
To One who is all Righteousness 
The One, who knows my loneliness. 

If there wre threatening clouds each 

day. 
Casting shadows upon my way, 
I will not fewr, for Christ is here 
Loving me, whispering words of cheer. 

I'ln glad iny life is in God's hand. 
The things I do not understand; 
The weary hours, the bitter tears. 
The pain, the sorrows, doubts 
fears. 



and \ 



How these can all be for my good. 
The times I've been misunderstood. 
The times I've been too sad to irray. 
All this I'll understand someday. 

Then, the friends I thought had failed 

me 
In a different light I'll see; 
I'll know how oft they hnelt in prayer 
And pled for me God's tender ca/re. 

Ah, yes! I know it even here. 
And that I need no danger fear 
With Jesus as my constant friend, 
I'll travH safely to the end. 

And when I reach my home at last. 
Lift's battles then forever past^ 
I'll know it was my Father's hand 
That kept me safe — I'll understand. 



THE SERVANT OF SIN 

"The servant of sin makes some other 
end than God supreme." — Times, Lon- 
don, England. 



Is the. care of worldly things 

Sovereign in my thought; 
Is anxiety, which clings, 

Through my being wrought? 
Lack of trust in Care Divine 
Proves a grievous sin is mine. 

Is it pleasure reigns supreme 

O'er my daily plan; 
Do I confidently dream 
That from Earth and Man 
I can find my heart's best store? 
Then is "sin laid at my door." 

Care or Pleasure, Self or Pride, 

If it be enthroned 
In my soul; o'er all beside 
Sovereign it is owned: 
Then it takes within the soul 
God's own right — supreme control. 
— William Olney. 



February 15, 1936. 



15 



"I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN" 

(Contimied from page 8) 

light in the unduly bright questioning 
eyes! I had not prepared for that ques- 
tion. Somehow I had thought he would 
know. I wonder if the poet knew the 
depths of his spoken truth, "Hope 
springs eternal in the >iuman heart." 
His questioning eyes burned through 
me. I faltered; I had no official word. 
Unbidden the question was on his lips. 
I stumbled, regained myself and 
grasped with him at every straw of 
hope we knew about. But his eagerness 
faded. He did not cringe, but his quiet 
resignation left me with a feeling of 
weariness. 

Why should all this be? Sin! Yet 
men laugh at it! O fools that scoff at 
its dangers! The law said this boy had 
murdered, but did it actually know? On 
his own admission he had followed with 
the wrong companions. This was bad 
for him in court. Once he had told me 
that he had learned much and that he 
"believed he could tell young people 
many things that would be good for 
them." If only I could carry to young 
folks who are careless of their ways 
and of their companions the picture of 
this boy as he had stood behind the 
bars that day and spoke those words, 
and if they could see him as I saw him 
this last night, perhaps the message he 
wished them to hear would not all be 
lost. 

When first the blow had fallen he 
had said that since he had lived a sin- 
ner he would die that way. Four times 
he had gotten a stay of sentence, the 
first time when within twenty minutes 
of the chair and after he had eaten his 
"last" meal and the prison barber had 
performed his grisly task. When he 
came back to his cell that time there 
was a Bible there. Someone, he knew 
not who, had sent it. Twice he read 
that Book through in the following 
weeks and months, three times the 
New Testament. The Spirit worked 
through that contact with the Word. 
Thus when first I met him I found him 
interested in spiritual things to the 
surprise of those who had known his 
former attitude. He had shown an in- 
telligent appreciation of the truths of 
Scripture. I had put the plan of salva- 
tion before him, had explained to him 
at some length what is meant by a 
saving faith and had then asked him 
if he had such a faith. With a clear 
frank look he had answered, "I believe 
that I have.' In this manner had I 
satisfied myself as best I could under 
the circumstances that he had in those 
last months found his way to the Lord. 
And now? We could not talk of his 
hopes to escape this death; they were 
so slim. His guilt or innocence could 
not be discussed for months had been 
spent at that. There was a language 
now common to both, a ground on which 
we could meet. When hope for the pres- 
ent dies, hope for the future is much 
more alive. He said, "I would like to 
live," and "This is a bad way to go 
out," and with this dismissed the pres- 



W. 1. DUKER 

PrMident 

Goshen, Ind. 

E. L. MILLER 
Vice Prelldent 
Maurertown, Va. 


NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 
ASSOCIATION 

G. H. JONES 
Editor for February 


N. V. LEATHERMAN 

General Secretary 

Berlin, Pa. 

K. M. MONROE 

Treasurer 

Aihland, Ohio 





THE BIBLE AND THE 
SUNDAY SCHOOL 

Take your Bible along with you when 
you go to church. Get in the habit of 
carrying it under your arm. The pres- 
ence of God's Word in plain sight when 
you walk down the street will be a 
silent testimony for the Lord. 

Two young sailors who were wide 
awake Christians discovered a novel 
way by which they could seek out oth- 
er Christians in every port where they 
landed. They would walk down the 
streets each with his Bible under his 
arm. They would not go far until some 
Christian would stop them and get ac- 
quainted. They have reported that they 
have found precious Christian friends in 
many ports of the world and especially 
in the United States through this meth- 
od. Do not be afraid to carry your 
Bible. 



THE DIARY OF A BIBLE 

January 15 — Been resting quietly for 
a week. The first few nights after the 
first of this year my owner read me 
regularly, but he has forgotten me, I 
guess. 

February 2 — Clean up. I was dusted 
with other things, and put back in my 
place. 

February 8 — Owner used me for a 
short time after dinner, looking up a 
few references. Went to Sunday School. 

March 7 — Clean up. Dusted and in 
my old place again. Have been down m 
the lower hall since my trip to Sunday 
School. 

April 2 — Busy day. Owner led League 
meeting and had to look up references. 
He had an awful time finding one, 
though it was right there in its place 
all the time. 

]V[ay 5 — In grandma's lap all after- 
noon. She is here on a visit. She let a 
teardrop fall on Colosians 2:5-7. 

]V[ay 6 — In grandma's lap again this 



ent. I told him that I had to admire 
his courage and then he talked of that 
now very close to him, the Life after- 
ward. There is ONE Saviour for the 
sinner, be he a great or a small sin- 
ner, and there is ONE Door Who is 
Jesus our Lord. That ^oor leads to 
God and Eternal Life. Inere are many 
questions that we might ask, but for 
the present it is sufficient that we 
should BELIEVE. And so there was 
hope in apparent defeat. It was time 
now to leave. There was no more need 
of me. A few last quiet words, a warm 
lingering handclasp and our last con- 
versation on earth was closed with his 
words ringing in my ears, "I'll see you 
again." 



afternoon. She spent most of her time 
on I Corinthians 13 and the last four 
verses of the 15th chapter. 

May 7, 8, 9 — In grandma's lap every 
afternoon now. It's a comfortable spot. 
Sometimes she reads me and sometimes 
she talks to me. 

May 10 — Grandma's gone. Back in 
the old place. She kissed me good-bye. 

June 3 — Had couple of four-leafed 
clovers stuck in, me today. 

July 1 — Packed in a trunk with 
clothes and other things. Off on a va- 
cation, I guess. 

July 10 — Still in trunk, though near- 
ly everything else has been taken out. 

July 15 — Home again and in my old 
place. Quite a journey, though I do not 
see why I went. 

August 1 — Rather stuffy and hot. 
Have two magazines, a novel, and an 
old hat on top of me. Wish they would 
take them off. 

September 1 — Used by Mary a few 
moments today. She was writing a let- 
ter to a friend whose brother had died, 
and wanted an appropriate verse. 

Don't let this be the diary of your 
Bible. Study it daily. 



THE DIRECTED HEART 

By Rev. W. A. Ogden 

"The Lord direct your hearts into 
the love of God, and into the patient 
waiting for Christ."— II Thess 3 :5. 

If you could have what you wanted 
most, if you could grant your most 
earnest desire to your friends, what 
would it be. 

The apostle gathers up the whole 
sum of his desires for his friends and 
presents to us the whole aim of our 
efforts for ourselves, in these two 
things: A steadfast love for God, and 
a calm and patient waiting for Christ. 

This attitude is not natural to the 
man who is not a Christian. Neither is 
it an attainment of the Christian. It is 
a gift of God, by His directive will, 
through the Holy Spirit. It is worthy 
of note that the Christian's relation to 
God is a heart relation. The heart here 
represents the seat of the vnll and af- 
fections, the whole being. It means 
more than intellectual assent. It means 
that something enters into one's heart 
and life and holds one, rather than some 
creed which one might hold. 

Note, now, the direction into which 
the Lord would direct our hearts. First, 
"Into the Love of God" — That vast un- 
measured and unmeasurable ocean of 
God's love where we find Salvation, 
Peace, Hope, Happiness and, in short, 
that more abundant life which Christ 
promised in John 10:10. This is the 
place where God withholds no good 



16 

PRAISING 

By Emma A. Williams 

He hath put a new song in my mouth, 
even praise unto our God. Ps. 40:3. 

A cure for spiritual depression, what 
it is? Praise. Strange, you say. Per- 
haps, but true, nevertheless. Depres- 
sion, praise, a paradox — but it works. 
A New Song 

In Psalm 40 David says, "I waited 
patiently for the Lord and He inclined 
unto nie, and heard my cry — and He 
hath put a new song in my mouth, 
even praise unto our God." A new song, 
indeed, to many of us, but a song that 
we need to learn. The Bible is full of 
exhortations to praise, but how slow 
we are to obey. David prayed and 
waited and — praised. We pray and wait 
and — grow discouraged. The note of 
praise is not heard. My reader, you 
have not fulfilled your part of the task 
until you learn to praise. 

Thiy Gates Praise 

In Isaiah 60:18 we read these words, 
"Thou Shalt call thy walls Salvation, 
and thy gates Praise." What are gates 
for? To pass through, are they not? 
Then go through on praise. In our 
Christian lives we pray through and we 
praise through. The two go together. 

We speak from experience. We had 
been burdened and depressed. It seemed 
as though a heavy pall were upon us, 
all about was darkness and heaviness; 
and, then, we lifted our head and said, 
"Praise the Lord!" What hapened? 
The black curtain, was cut, light came 
through, praise was, indeed, a way out. 
The gate opened and we passed 
through. Again we had proved His 
Word true. He had given "the garment 
of praise for the spirit of heaviness." 
Isa. 61:3. 

The Whiy of Praise 

But, you say, why should I praise 
before the blessing comes ? The bless- 
ing has come. We know the Lord. Jere- 
miah is sometimes called the weeping 
prophet, but he knew the truth, for 
he said, "Thou art my praise." Jer. 17: 
14. Oh, if we would only get our eyes 
off feelings and circumstances and 
things, all of which savor of self, and 
on to Him how we would praise! The 
Psalmist says, "They looked unto Him 
and were radiant" (Ps. 34:5,) and 
again he says "My mouth shall hew 



thing because here we walk uprightlv. 
(Ps. 84:11). 

Second, "Into the patient waiting 
for Christ." Doubtless here is a refer- 
ence to the second appearing of Christ, 
but the context would also suygest our 
patient waiting for (or upon) Christ in 
the matter of the ordering of our daily 
lives. Have we thus learned to wait 
upon Him in the matters of daily con- 
duct, whether it be business or pleasure ? 
If not, there remains some happy sur- 
prises for those who will make the ven- 
ture. 

Los Angeles. 



forth Thy praise," Ps. 15:15. Some day 
we shal sing the new song of praise 
before the throne: "Thou are worthy — 
for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed 
us to God by Thy blood, out of every 
kindred, and tongue, and people, and 
nation; and hast made us unto our 
God kings and priests: and we shall 
reign on the earth. Rev. 5:9-10. Why 
not practice the song now ? 

The When of Praise 
These are days when we need to 
praise. Not only is the depression upon 
us, but there is also a spiritual oppres- 
sion of which the world knows nothing. 
Our enemy is particulaily active just 
now, "Knowing that his time is short." 
Our Lord is coming soon to take us 
Home to Himself, and Satan must get 
in his best licks while we wait. He is 
the oppressor of souls. David knew 
something of this when he said, "Why 
go I mui-muring because of the oppres- 
sion of the enemy?" Ps. 42:9. My 
Christian friend, perhaps it will help 
you to know the source of that trying 
circumstance, of that sinister tempta- 
tion, of that burden that rests upon 
you, it is from Satan. God is allowing 
him to test you even as he tested Job. 
But fear not, God has a hedge about 
you and "will not suffer you to be 
tempted (or tested) above that ye are 
able," I Cor. 10:13. Read the first two 
chapters of Job. Note the word, only, 
in Job 1:12, and the word, but, in Job 
2:6. What do they mean? They mean 
just this: Satan can go only so far as 
God permits. He can not do exactly 
as he pleases with God's children. 
There is a limit. God doesn't take the 
hedge entirely away. Job 1:10. He 
watches and cares for His own. Know- 
ing this, can you not praise him now? 
The How of Praise 
We are to praise with joyful lips, 
Ps. 63:5. No one has so much cause 
for joy as the Christian. We are seated 
with Christ in heavenly places, Eph. 2: 
6. We are called out of darkness into 
light "that we should shew forth the 
praises of Him who has called us," I 
Pet. 2:9. We are "a chosen generation, 
a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a 
peculiar people." There is no one like 
us in the earth. Our God has chosen us 
to be the Bride of Christ. We are His 
Church (Ecclesia), His Body, Col. 1: 
18. Let us be glad and rejoice. Let us 
praise with joyful lips. He has "predes- 
tinated us unto.... the praise of the 
glory of His grace, wherein He hath 
made us accepted in the Beloved," Eph. 
1:5-6. 

The Service of Praise 
Praise is unique. It is in itself a serv- 
ice. We, as Christians, are called to 
render that service. We ars to "show 
forth" praises. This is what Peter 
means when he says, "Ye also, as living 
stones, are built up a spiritual house, 
an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual 
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus 
Christ," I Pet. 2:5. We are to "offer 
the sacrifice of praise to God con- 
tinually," Heb. 13:15. My Christian 
friend, don't forget to praise! 



T)ie Brethren Evangelk 

SEPARATION TO THE 
GREAT TASK 

By W. C. Benshoff 

May I bring this plea fc 

loyalty to Jesus Christ? We ha\ 
named his name, espoused his caus' 
and accepted his salvation. Having a< 
repted him, Christ has certain claim 
upon us. We are his by right of put 
chase; he has bought us with his prec 
ious blood. Christ calls upon his foi 
lowers to live the separated life 
"Wherefore come out from amon 
them, and be ye separated, saith th 
Lord" (II Cor. 6:17). 

A separated life is defined: "As on 
that finds the center of its interests 
its plans, and ambitions outside th 
circle of the world's principles an 
practices, so that the believer will no 
be involved in the world's schemes, an^ 
ambitions, and therefore will be able 
as a faithful witness, to bear a fear 
less and consistent testimony agains 
all forms of sin." 

Let it be noted that we are callei 
not alone to the hope of glory; no 
alone to the joys and privileges ii 
Christ; but to a faithful and consisten 
life of Christian service." In a ven 
literal and true sense, the believer hai 
become a new creation, even the work 
manship of God, created in Christ Je 
sus for good works "in righteousnesi 
and holiness of truth." We who an 
thus favored should see to it that th( 
peace of God rules in our hearts, anc 
that the word of Christ dwells in us 
richly in all wisdom; and whatsoevei 
we do, in word or deed, we shall do all 
in the name of the Lord Jesus, accord- 
ing to the spirit of the Master, who did 
all things that pleased the Father. 

God is calling upon the Brethrer 
Church to do a great and eternal work, 
It seems to me that our heavenly Fa- 
ther has made us what we are foi 
just such a time as this. Allow nothing 
to interfere with your loyalty to Jesus 
Christ and you will be happy as the 
days go by that you have kept the 
faith. 

Waynesboro, Pa. 



COMMISSIONED 



Out from the realm of the glory-light 
Into the far-away land of night, 
Out from the bliss of worshipful Son 
Into the pain of hatred and wrong, 
Out of the holy rapture above 
Into the grief of rejected love. 
Out from the life of the Father's side 
Into the death of the crucified. 
Out of high honor and into shame. 
The Master willingly, gladly came. 
And now, since He may not suffer 

anew, 
As the Father sent him^ so sendeth he 

you. 

— Henry W. Frost, D. D. 



ONE TROUBLE WITH LIQUOR i.s, 
that while you may let it alone, it won't 
let you alone! 



February 15, 19S6. 

CURRENT TENDENCIES 

WHICH LIMIT FAITH 

AND LIFE 

By A. J. McClain 

(Continued from page 6) 

nterest of intelligent discussion. And 
iefiniteness is possible in our discus- 
sions of Christianity. I do not mean 
hat one can exhaust the Christian faith 
)y any statement of it. There is al- 
ways a vast overplus which escapes 
ill our terms and definitions. But this 
loes not mean that we can make no 
lefinite affirmations at all; for we 
lan. 

Another trend in modern religious 
hought is oversimplification in at- 
empted accounts of Christianity. There 
s a constant striving to reduce Chris- 
ianity to the lowest common denom- 
nator, to find some term or idea that 
nil explain it all. Just now the pop- 
ilar catch-words are "service" and 
love." Love, we are told, is the great- 
ist thing in the world; love will solve 
,11 our problems; love is Christianity; 
Christianity is love. The refutation of 
his naive viewpoint is best accom- 
ilished by pointing out that what a 
tian loves is really the important 
hing. It is not enough to know that a 
lan loves God. What kind of God does 
le love? That is the crucial point and 
he surest index of character. But this 
esire to simplify Christianity is not 
leculiar to the artless and uncritical 
lind; it may be found also in the realm 
f critical scholarship. The motive and 



OF DOUBTFUL VALUE 

A Christian once said to John 
Wesley, "My talent is to speak my 
mind." 

"Well, brother," replied the great 
preacher, "the Lord would not 
mind if you buried that talent." 

— -Selected 



Signs of the Times 

(Continued from page 2) 

^Tong, that all is a matter of relativ- 
;y, that what is right or wrong de- 
ends on the time, the place, and the 
ircumstances. If you owe a debt, 
letged by your solemn word and signa- 
ure, you may repudiate it completely 
' the circumstances make it inconven- 
;nt to pay. 

Of course, human nature being what 
; is, it is always possible to find plen- 
Y of mitigating circumstances. That 
> the reason why the honesty of Fin- 
md sticks out like a sore thumb in our 
lodern world. "Judgment is turned 
way backward, and justice standeth 
far off; for truth is fallen in the 
treet, and equity cannot enter. Yea, 
rath faileth, and he that departeth 
rom evil maketh himself a prey," (Isa. 
9:14-15). 



results are quite different, but the prin- 
ciple is the same. 

Various considerations have given 
impetus to this tendency toward over- 
simplification. For one thing, it seems 
to promise much in the direction of 
eliminating religious controversy, a 
thing which is no longer in good stand- 
ing. Actually, of course, it works only 
so long as men will agree to ask no 
questions. Then also we must not omit 
that natural bent of the human mind, 
best represented by the philosophers, 
who for many centuries have been 
searching for one element or idea which 
will explain everything else. And I am 
quite willing to admit that there, is a 
compelling fascination in explanations 
which seem to simplify. But all such 
explanations are attended with certain 
grave dangers. 

In the first place, there is the dan- 
ger of omitting matters of importance 
which may stand outside our neat lit- 
tle foi-mulas and refuse to yield. By 
certain modern schools of thought this 
has been exalted into a definite techni- 
que. If something particularly thorny 
appears in the path of your investiga- 
tion, you merely deny its existence, 
and lo, the problem is solved. Thus the 
"problem of knewledge" in philosophy 
has been solved; the "mind" in psychol- 
ogy; and the "super-natural" in Chris- 
tianity. One recalls the case of the im- 
patient old German professor who, con- 
fronted with a rock specimen which up- 
set a geological theory of his, simply 
stepped to an open window and threw 
the offending specimen into the street. 
It is not at all unusual to find men, 
claiming to be guided by the scientific 
spirit, who treat the fact of Christian- 
ity in much the same short and hasty 
manner. Having made up their minds in 
advance, that religion can be explained 
wholly on naturalistic principles, the 
Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, and all 
other miracles are impatiently tossed 
out the window. They do not fit the 
formula. 

In the second place, through over- 
simplification there is always the dan- 
ger that Christianity will be made over 
into a rather pale and uninteresting re- 
ligious philosophy. It was William 
James who once suggested that, from 
a certain abstract viewpoint, violin mu- 
sic, even when produced by a master, 
might be described as the, "scraping of 
horses' tails over cats' bowels." Such 
a definition of course has the merit of 
simplicity; it gets rid of all the mystery 
of personality and genius, but the resi- 
due is not very interesting. Certainly 
it could not provide the inspiration 
necessary for the development of great 
music and musicians. It is no less 
certain that an oversimplified form of 
Christianity will never win men in 
large numbers to the Christian life, 
however much it may intrigue a few 
academic minds with a passion for sim- 
plicity and completeness of explana- 
tion. 

The most important things in life, 
from the standpoint of human interest, 



17 

are not as a rule the simplest. And 
this is strikingly true of Christianity. 
"Christianity has more than one dimen- 
sion. It has height and depth as well as 
breadth." Any facile explanation which 
gets rid of all the profound mystery 
and fascinating richness in Christianity 
is certain to fail at last in its appeal 
to men. Take the Person of Christ, for 
example. How can Deity and true hu- 
manity be perfectly united in one per- 
son? That has always been one of the 
difficult intellectual problems of the 
Christian faith. Yet it is just at this 
point that Christian experience has 
found its richest satisfactions — in a 
Saviour who was "in all points tempt- 
ed like as we are," and who is at the 
same time "over all, God blessed for- 
ever," infinitely able to meet all our 
needs. 

A third tendency should be noted, 
represented by the popular attempts to 
define Christianity without paying due 
regard to its historical and experimen- 
tal facts. Back of these attempts the 
motive seems generally to have been 
either literary or commercial, perhaps 
both. Their popularity may be ac- 
counted for by the astonishingly wide- 
spread desire for some "short cut" to 
the mastery of vast and difficult fields 
of knowledge. Everything must be made 
quick and easy; intellectual sweat is 
frowned upon. "Mr. Wells puts the his- 
tory of the universe into a thousand 
passionate pages. Mr. Van Loon re- 
duces even this to the level of a child 
of ten. The outline of all science is 
available in four volumes; the outline 
of all art in four more ; and the outline 
of literature is still another set. Phil- 
osophy has become a 'story'; the re- 
ligions of the world, another; and lat- 
terly there has appeared the outline of 
all man's knowledge — in a single 
book!" 

Furthermore, it is a perfectly human 
trait to enjoy the spectacle of rebellion 
against "authority." Youth especially is 
greatly intrigued by the discovery that 
something can be said on the other 
side of almost every proposition. 
"Think for yourself" is the slogan of 
the times. And, properly defined, a good 
slogan it is; but in their vast en- 
thusiasm for the new intellectual free- 
dom some have misconceived its mean- 
ing. Thinking for oneself does not 
mean a liberty to cut loose from facts, 
for there is after all one authority to 
which all men must bow at the last — 
the authority of facts. We may ignore 
them temporarily, but we do so at our 
own peril. The wages of this sin is in- 
tellectual death. 

Christianity has suffered from this 
tendency, not only among the superfic- 
ial and unlearned, but also at the hands 
of those who are acknowledged schol- 
ars in various fields. For example, 
there is the treatment of Rousseau's re. 
ligion by the distinguished P. M. Mas- 
son, who rightly points out that his 
religion knew nothing about redemp- 
tion or repentance or a sense of sin, 
and then goes on to speak of the "pro- 



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The Brethren Evangel 



found Christianity" of the noted 
Frenchman. This of course is worse 
than confusion, and all the more inex- 
cusable by reason of the writer's schol- 
arship. In the blunders of the unlearned 
there may be a touch of the amusing. 
A vociferous automobile salesman re- 
cently in my hearing referred to a cer- 
tain preacher as "a real Christian," and 
offered as proof the rather curious facts 
that the minister in question enjoyed 
a good prize fight and did not resent a 
masculine oath. But when the learned 
ignore the facts which are available to 
all sincere investigators it is difficult 
to be tolerant. 

Christianity is based upon facts, and 
these facts are verifiable by intellect- 
ual investigation and personal religious 
experience. We know that the Son of 
God is come. And we know that He 
was manifested to take away our sins. 
For eighteen centuries men have been 
coming to Him by faith, and in Him 
they have found relief for the guilty 
conscience, peace that passeth all un- 
derstanding, the life which is more 
abundant, and courage to work for 
righteousness in a world which is lost 
in sin. The historical and experimental 
facts of Christianity are not closed 
books; they are open to all who care 
to read. True, it requires some time and 
labor to investigate and personally 
verify these facts; but that is true 
about any important body of facts. 

Nothing could be more absurd and 
unscientific than to attempt a defini- 
tion of Christianity without first mas- 
tering its facts. Let the reader imagine, 
if possible, a freshman entering the 
chemistry lecture room of some college 
for the first time. He has heard of 
chemistry and has decided that he will 
become a chemist. He inspects the 
rather lengthy and difficult of ele. 
ments; some of them have an air of 
familiarity — he knows what it is — but 
others do not look inviting. Before leav- 
ing the room he informs the professor 
that he has decided to become a chem- 
ist, but he wishes to be an original 
thinker in this field, and in his opinion 
the chart of elements is much too long 
and complicated. Besides, it is conven- 
tional; therefore he will make his own 
chart. Doubtless the colleges have had 
some remarkable freshmen in their 
class rooms at various times, but it is 
pretty certain that no such freshman 
as I have described ever entered the 
doors of any institution of higher 
learning. Yet we have met college grad- 
uates whose conceptions of Christianity 
had been formed by somewhat the same 
process used by this hypothetical fresh- 
man of mine. With a lofty disregard 
for the vitally related body of Christian 
facts they have manufactured their re- 
ligion by picking and choosing. The 
employment of this method has result- 
ed in what might be called the "great 
Jesus-myth" of certain forms of pop- 
ular modem religion — a Christ wno 
bears little or no resemblance to the 
Christ of history and experience who 
is the Christ of God. 

(To be continued.) 



HAVE YOU NOTICED the promin- 
ence of the word "less" these past few 
years? We have stainless steel, noise- 
less typewriters, hammerless guns, 
smokeless powder, wireless telegraph, 
fireless cookers, iceless refrigerators, 
skidless tires, drugless healing, and 
what not! Unfortunately, religion also 
grows saltless and the "Church" pow- 
erless, due to a bloodless Gospel, a 
Spirit-less ministry, and a God-less 
membership. Little wonder that a peace- 
less world despairs in its eforts to pro- 
duce a warless generation! 

— L. S. Bauman 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

THOMAS HAMMERS, Editor, 

926 East 150th St. 

Cleveland, Ohio 



BRETHREN rtHRISTIAN PNDEAVOr 

RINGING I.HURCH tXTENSlOl 

Y UoNSECRATED kVANGELI 



EAVOR 
ON 
SM 



MY QUIET TIME WITH 
MY MASTER 

By Rose A. Wills, 

Quiet Hour Superintendent 

1128 Dudley Ave., Pomona, Calif. 

February — "The Christ-Centered Life" 

1— Isa. 55:1-3 The call 

2— Gen. 2:7 The Author. 

3— John 5:19-23 of Life 

4— John 6:64-70 Life revealed 

5— II Tim. 1:7-12 by Christ. 

6_Col. 3:1-4 Hidden in Christ. 

7 — I Pet. 4:6 Live according to 
Holy Spirit. 

8— Gal. 5:25 Spirit. 

9— Rom. 8:9-11 Filled 
10 — Rom. 8:6-14 Spiritual minded. 
11— John 6:52-59 Christ-filled. 
12— Gal. 2:19-21 Life of faith. 
13— Deut. 8:3; Matt, 4:4 Words of 

God. 
14— Rom. 6:5-11. Life with Him. 
15— Rom. 14:7-12 Live Unto Him. 
16— Phil. 1:21 To live in Christ. 
17— Rom. 12:1, 2 Service for Christ. 
18— John 10:3, 4 Good Shepherd. 
19 — Ecc. 7:1-10 A good name. 
20— Gal. 6:8-10 Work for Him. 
21— Rom. 3:10-19 It is written. 
22— James 4:13-15 If He' wills. 
23— Ps. 63 Satisfied. 
24 — Rom. 6:4 Buried with Him. 
25— Isa. 48:17 He leads. 
26—1 Sam. 2:9 Strength. 
27 — II Cor. 1:12 Our Conscience. 

Results of Christ Centered Life 
28— John 14:40. 
29— John 6:50-58. 
30— Acts 13:48. 
31— Rev. 2:7. 



A SUGESTED OUTLINE FOR A 

CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR'S 

BIRTHDAY SERVICE 

"HELP MY OWN CHURCH." 
I Cor. 12:1-12 

Pre-Prayer Meeting — 15 minutes be- 
fore C. E. Meeting. Have someone lead 
group, suggesting definite purposes 



act 



Cc 



that Christian Endeavorers can i 
ought to help in their own Church. 

C. E. Meeting — In charge of C. 
Officers. Every Officer taking 
part. 

Song Service — In charge of 
committee. 

Prayer — President. 

Announcements — By Lookout 
mittee Chairman. Announcing any 
cal activities, informing local society 
denominational activities, as glea: 
from past Evangelists, C. E. colu 
Briefly outline Brethren C. E. goals 
the year. 

Goals 

1. Forty C. E. meetings. 

2. Four socials during the year. 

3. Four missionary meetings dur 
year. 

4. Quiet Houlr pledge meeting oi 
during year. 

5. Tenth Legion pledge meeting o 
during year. 

■ 6. Observance of Brethren C. E. j 
gram on C. E. day — Feb. 2nd. 

7. Annual pledge sent to Natio 
Secretary. 

8. Payment of annual pledge not 
er than June 30th. 1 

9. Twenty-five per cent of memt 
having access to C. E. Page in Br^ 
ren Evangelist. I 

10. Delegate sent to State or Secti 
al Brethren C. E. Convention or Raj 

11. Delegates sent to a Brethren si 
mer camp. 

12. An increase in membership 
ing year. 

13. A report of the local society 
tivities through C. E. page of Breth 
Evangelist, at least once a year. 

14. Statistical blank filled out 
returned to the National Secretary 
later than June 30th. 

15. Conducting some devotional s( 
ices outside of regular meetings. S 
as, in jails, hospitals, old folks' ho 
sick homes or rescue missions. 

16. Definite attempt made to 
unsaved associate members to Ch 
during year. 

17. At least a monthly review oi 
E. news column in Brethren Evangel 

18. Prayers offered for local 
National C. E. Officers. 

Offering — In charge of Tithing S 
erintendent. Vice President or Treas 
er. A birthday offering. 50% of of] 
ing for local society. County Ui 
budget. 50% for National Brethren 
E. Union, to be sent to National Se* 
tary. Miss Mildred Deitz, 312 Cuml 
land St., Berlin, Pa. This 50% 
be applied as payment of your Natic 
C. E. pledge for National work. 

Special Music. 

Scripture Reading — I Cor. 12:1-12 

Prayer Meeting — Superintendent 
leaders remarks. 

(Here are some suggestions 
remarks). 

"HELP MY OWN CHURCH" 
I Cor. 12:1-12. 

1. CONCERNING OUR SPIRITU 
GIFTS. 

1. Origin of all gifts, v. 4. 

2. Who may have these gifts, v. 



February 15, 1936. 



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Everyone has something, and no one of 
IS has everything. 

3. The need for Christian unity, v. 
3. 

(Every member of our C. E. Society 
hould exercise the gift that the Lord 
ly the Spirit has given him. This will 
elp our church! 

I. GOD NEEDS lEVERY ONE OF US 

IN HIS GREAT WORK. 
1. No one needs to be discouraged in 
lis service. There is no service too 
mall, too menial for an endeavor to do. 
)o it as unto the Lord. 

II. HOW GIFTS HAVE BEEN DIS- 
TRIBUTED. 

1. Liberally — "To every man" v. 7. 

2. Wisely — "To profit withal" v. 7. 

3. Suitably— "The Word of Wisdom, 
'he Word of Knowledge." v. 8. 

4. Sovereignly — "The Spirit, di- 

iding." v. 11. 

Conclusion : Our Church — our Fu- 
ure Church — is depending upon mem- 
ers — Christian Endeavorers who are 



now in training, for service in the days 
to come. Therefore, let us exercise our 
every gift^to the glory of God, "As 
unto the Lord." 

Discussions — Led by C. E. Superin- 
tendent, pastor or president. 

(Some suggestions for discussions). 

1. How can our society help in our 
local church? 

2. How can each individual member 
of our society help in our church? 

3. How can we help in our district 
work? (For our church). 

4. How can we help in our National 
work? (For our church). 

5. What has been our societies great- 
est failure in the past, regarding our 
attitude to our church? 

6. What can be done to remedy this 
situation ? 

Reading of C. E. Pledge by every 
Member. 

Benediction — Psalm 19 :14. 

LEO POLMAN, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 

Associate Pres. Nat. C. E. Union 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




MASONTOWN REVIVAL 

Once again the Lord has poured out 
a abundance of His richest blessings 
I Masontown Brethren Church. Of the 
lany mountain top experiences this 
jngregation has experienced, some are 
lying that this year was one of the 
est. In many ways I believe this is 
■ue. There have been years of greater 
arvest from the standpoint of num- 
2rs of confessions, but certainly none 
reater as to spiritual content of the 
lessages in sermon and song, and in 
le general spiritual uplift of the con- 
regation. It was with reluctance that 
e watched these splendid services 
raw to a close; but the Lord surely 
d us in our plans, for we would have 
eaded into two of the worst blizzards 
j' a decade had we continued another 
leek as has been our custom in the 
ist. 

Rev. Norman Uphouse, pastor of 
le Cameron-Allepo circuit was called 
1 evangelist and Brother Joe Atto of 
^ooster, Ohio was called as song lead- 

This was the first time these two 
rang men have worked together in 
angelistic work, but the Lord had al- 
■ady taken care of that circumstance 

that they worked together with 
eat efficiency to the glory of their 
aster. It was also their first expe- 
ence in laboring with the writer in 
is great work; however, there seemed 
i be an ever present consciousness of 
common spiritual heritage that made 
is fellowship most sweet. The boys 
ought a real blessing to our home. 
While we escaped the blizzard, we 
d not escape the bad jveather. Rain 



and snow with high cold winds chal- 
lenged the attendance at nearly every 
service. But in spite of inclement weath- 
er the attendance was good with people 
standing and some turned away on 
Sunday evenings. The interest was good 
from the start. Brother Uphouse proved 
himself a veritable warrior of the 
Truth in every service. His messages 
were forceful, fundamental and effec- 
tive. Every sermon abounded with 
Scripture. Surely the Lord has a great 
work in store for one of his enthusiasm, 
spiritual tenor, and love for the Word. 
Brother Uphouse has discovered the 
art of presenting old truth in a new 
and most interesting fashion. 

Although we lived in Akron during 
the time that Brother Atto worked in 
the Mission we never met him until he 
arrived at the bus terminal at Union- 
town, Pa. We were acquainted from 
that time on and ho seemed as one of 
the family during his stay with us. I 
believe it would be hard to find a more 
consecrated young man. It would be 
difficult to measure in words the good 
he did in our community and especially 
with the young men. They loved him 
from the start. His messages in song 
were full of Scriptural truth and fit in 
vnth the sermon of the hour. Brother 
Atto has certainly mastered the art of 
singing his message. His songs and 
choruses, backed up with a consecrated 
life, seemed to reach right down inside 
where people live. His piano-accordion 
accompaniment was also greatly ap- 
preciated. People are still talking about 
the blessings of the meeting and chil- 
dren are still singing the choruses. We 
look forward with eager anticipation to 



the time when we shall again be able 
to work together. 

I fear Brother Uphouse has left me 
to struggle with an impossible task. 
Surely I shall not be able to do justice 
in reporting the results of the meeting. 
Seventeen decisions were made during 
the meeting. Thirteen of these have 
been baptized and received into fellow- 
ship with the church. We feel however 
that this is not a report of the results 
of the meeting for they are much more 
far reaching than that. 

We had the privilege of supplying in 
the churches of which Brother Uphouse 
is pastor and found a welcome inter- 
est and eager response at each church. 
Few men in the Brotherhood are carry- 
ing a heavier load in their ministerial 
duties than this young man and yet he 
finds time to do post-graduate work 
at Xenia seminary once a week. We 
invite the prayers of the christian folk 
that the Lord may give him physical 
strength to carry the load until the new 
church unit is completed in Cameron 
when the load will be lessened and his 
work easier. With a young man like 
that on our district mission field, men 
ought to count it a privilege to give 
and share in so great a work. The peo- 
ple love him and each of the four 
churches bear evidence of real construc- 
tive work, as well as spiritual leader- 
ship. May the Lord richly bless both of 
th^ese young men and lead them daily 
in the path of Christian service. Breth- 
ren churches will act wisely if they 
open their doors for the services of 
either or both of these workers. 

A word of commendation is due the 
Masontown Brethren for the eagerness 
with which they responded by so royal- 
ly entertaining the evangelistic party 
for meals. More invitations were re- 
ceived than could be filled. Many do- 
nations also received at the parsonage 
for which we are truly thankful. 

REV. FLOYD SIBERT 



REVIVAL AT MASONTOWN 

The recent series of meetings at 
Masontov^m extended from Dec. 29th to 
Jan. 12th. The pastor, Brother Floyd 
Sibert, had preparation made for an 
interesting and helpful revival and 
throughout the two weeks proved his 
willingness to do anything to make it 
a success. 

Joe Atto was called from Wooster 
Ohio to lead the singing. He has a well 
trained tenor voice and is efficient at 
the piano and piano-accordion. Some of 
the readers will remember him as one 
of the two men who sang at our last 
National Conference. The writer learned 
to know him well during those two 
weeks of meeting and commends him 
to others as a real helper in similar 
meetings. He is a consecrated Christian 
and an enthusiastic personal worker. 

We had a pre-prayer service prior to 
the regular preaching. The room was 
separate from the main auditorium and 
frequented by the loyal mmebers who 
believe in the power and effectiveness 
of prayer. 

For the most part the weather was 



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not in our favor. We saw the sun but 
three or four times in two weeks. It 
was not cold but rainy. The people 
that had a long distance to walk were 
handicapped. 

Despite the unpleasant weather I 
thought that we had an excellent hear- 
ing every night. The attendance was 
more encouraging here than any place 
I have seen. Some times the chairs 
from the Sunday School rooms were 
carried in and placed in the aisles. The 
children were grouped on their small 
chairs around the pulpit. This sounds 
like the old time turn out to a revival. 

The only visiting delegation was from 
Uniontown. This neighboring church is 
twelve or fifteen miles away. Brother 
Clough has a big program over there 
but was kind enough to hring some of 
the Uniontown Brethren to Masontovsm. 
I understand the "compliment" will 
be returned in February when Evan- 
gelist R. Paul Miller comes to Union- 
town. 

As to the results of the meeting, I 
desire to let Brother Sibert comment. 
Previous meetings have established a 
precedent which would be difficult for 
any congregation to maintain over a 
long period of time. When the present 
pastor went to this work he had one 
hundred or more conversions. On an- 
other occasion there was a large ad- 
dition to the church when the conver- 
sions were about the same. 

We observed a watch night, Dec. 31st. 
Between the preaching sei'vice and the 
prayer service, there was a short social 
period. Those attending all three serv- 
ices were at the church from 7:30 to 
12:15. Once we visited the hospital at 
Uniontown and held short musical pro- 
grams at the different wards. There 
were several sick in their homes at 
Masontov\?n whom we visited with a 
word of cheer. 

I believe we have a growing church 
at Masontown. The people are interest- 
ed in prayer meetings, Sunday School, 
Christian Endeavor, and other activi- 
ties within the church. Among the 
friendships there, I learned of Chris- 
tians living close to the Lord and await- 
ing His return. 

NORMAN H. UPHOUSE. 



Home Missions 496.90 

White Gift 128.41 

Radio Ministry 276.05 



FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH, 
LA VERNE, CALIF. 

Greetings — from the Brethren in 
Christ Jesus, in La Verne. 

As the 'mother' church of Southern 
California we rejoice over two lusty 
youngsters that have come into the 
family the past year: the Compton and 
Bellflower congregations. 

'Mother' is busy at the old location 
in La Verne building substantial gain, 
as the years pass. Her 'offspring' have 
no cause to be ashamed, as you shall 
see. 

At the annual business meeting of 
the church Dec. 31, (New Year's Eve) 
were given some of the finest reports 
ever. Believe it or not, we entered the 
new year with a balanced budget! 

Some statistics of 1935: 

Foreign Missions $1,104.76 



Total $2,006.12 

Our membership roll is approximate- 
ly 325. We believe in tithing. 

According to requirement by law, the 
church building has, at considerable 
cost, been reinforced to resist earth- 
quakes; this is required of all public 
buildings. 

Another young man from our congre- 
gation has gone to a Foreign Mission 
field with his bride, to establish a new 
station for the Brethren, Church. Bro. 
Curtis Morrill and wife are now in 
Africa. There are several young men 
and women also now in preparation for 
full time service, wherever the Lord 
may call them. The Sunday School at- 
tained an average attendance of 265, 
under the efficient leadership of the 
Superintendent, Brother Rudolph Fis- 
cher. At the New Year meeting Broth- 
er Fischer burned the mortgage for the 
new S. S. bungalow. The bungalow 
was an addition to the S. S. rooms to 
meet the need of the Crandle Roll and 
Beginners Departments. 

Various activities of the church for 
1936 include: Two regular week-day 
prayer meetings. Woman's Missionary 
Society (42 members) Sisterhood So- 
ciety; five C. E. societies and Prayer 
Band on Sunday evening. At the an- 
nual business meeting an enthusiastic 
vote of thanks was given several offi- 



cers of the church who have served 
faithfully and efficiently for many 
years. Among those so .serving are. 
Brother T. J. Steves, Moderator ever 
since the office was created; Brothei 
R. Fischer, S. S. Supt., 10 years; Sis- 
ter Hilda Board Ohler, clerk 7 years. 

A loss we are compelled to report 
is: one perfectly good pastor and wife! 
After seven years service in La Verne 
Brother and Sister Lynn have 'strayed' 
to Johnstown, Pa. No reward is of- 
fered because we hope to 'steal' the 
affection of a new pastor and vnfe. 

Approximately 225 persons met foi 
a potluck diner to give Brother and 
Sister Lynn a felicitious farewell. Pas- 
tors of this Southern District were pres- 
ent, also Rev. Galen Walker, of th« 
Church of the Brethren. The dinnei 
was followed by a varied program. 

Thirteen were baptized by Brothe] 
Lynn on his last Sunday night here 
and two other persons prevailed upoi 
him to administer the rite the following 
morning, before he could get away. 

Brother Albert Flory of Whittier ii 
occupying the pulpit until the arriva 
of our new pastor. Brother Floyc 
Shiery, from Ohio. Brother Flory has 
made many friends during his briei 
ministry here. 

We ask the sincere prayers of th( 
Brotherhood for the La Verne churcl 
that we shall be in His will in al 
things, till He comes. 

MRS. ELSIE RAGER, 
Evangelist Corespondeni 



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SIGNS OF THE TIMES 

By Alva J. McClain 



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EEDED— A World Receiver. 

Colonel lE. M. House, who will go 
down in history as the closest advisor 
of the late President Woodrow Wilson, 
has written an article under the above 
caption for a well known magazine. As 
a very close observer of world affairs, 
he declares that the entire economic 
framework on, which society rests is 
tottering. And he suggests that the 
need of the world is for a "world re- 
ceiver." 

Those who understand the meaning 
of the terms will see a rather gloomy 
picture. A business firm goes into the 
hands of a "receiver" only when it gets 
into such serious difficulties that it 
can no longer be trusted to conduct its 
own affairs. This, writes Colonel 
House, is what the world needs. Such a 
"receiver," he says, would prepare a 
world balance sheet, and be empowered 
to deal impartially with all nations. 

But after drawing a very attractive 
picture of what might be done by this 
plan, the writer pessimistically admits 
that "all this is impossible in the pres- 
ent stage of the world." 

The Christian believer, however, can 
take a brighter view of the matter. 
We know that one of these days a 
"World Receiver" will come down from 
heaven and take over the affairs of a 
bankrupt race. And this "Receivership" 
is not an impossibility "in the present 
stage of the world." On the contrary, 
it is an ever present possibility, for it 
depends on God, not on man. 



iHERE Is No Hope 

The lips of man never uttered a sadder 
word that this — "There is no hope." 
Yet over against some of the brightest 
aspirations of the human heart, men 
who see clearly have been compelled to 
write this funeral dirge of hope. 

There is probably no man living "un- 
der the sun" who knows more about 
physical life than Dr. Carrel, the noted 
scientist who has kept a chicken heart 
alive for the last 24 years. Dr. Carrel 
is very hopeful about the future ac- 
complishments of science in the treat- 
ment of disease. He says, "If science 
is allowed to go on eigTit or ten cen- 
turies, disease may perhaps be sup- 
pressed, "but" he adds, "there is no 
hope of ever conquering sensecence and 
death." 

According to the light he has, which 
is "under the sun," Dr. Carrel is a 
wise man. He knows the limitations of 
man's power and genius. But, thank 
God, there is a Power above the sun 
who is able to conquer both old age 
and death. Of all those who shall have 
a part in the "resurrection from among 



the dead," our Lord declared, "Neither 
can thiey die any more, for they are 
equal unto the angels" (Luke 20:35- 
36). And Mark says of the angel who 
came down to roll away the stone that 
he was "a young man" (16:5). 

For all those who believe on Him, 
the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ 
will bring the end of both "senescence 
and death." There is hope. 



IhE King of the North. 

"The fighting strength of our army 
is greater than that of any other in the 
world." 

This is the answer of Soviet Russia 
to Japan and Germany or any other 
nation which thinks to challenge the 
Bear in the clash of arms. 

Thus the world makes progress — to- 
ward Armageddon. 



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N THE CCC Camps. 

General Laubach of the United States 
army recently made a careful survey of 
the young men drawn into the CCC 
camps of this country. Religiously, he 
found that if the boys were Catholic 
they went to church. But if they were 
Protestants, they had no apparent re- 
ligious tendency. A Protestant service 
for 9000 boys drew a crowd of only 
thirty-four. 

What is wrong with Protestantism ? 
It has fallen under the blight of mod- 
ernism which stands for nothing. By its 
denials and its negations, modernism 
has taken away practically every in- 
telligible reason for attending church. 
If I believed what modernism teaches, 
I would stop going to church. If man is 
the measure of all things, if man must 
make his own religion, then I can see 
no reason why I should waste my time 
listening to men whose opinions are no 
more infallible than my own. This is 
to say nothing about the giving of 
money to support them. 

We may not agree with the Catholics, 
but they stand for something definite 
at least. 



iHE Teachers' Oath. 

The State Legislature of Massachus- 
etts, becoming jumpy about the menace 
of Communism in its educational insti- 
tutions, recently passed a law requir- 
ing all teachers to swear allegiance to 
both the Federal and State Constitu- 
tions. Feeling that their "academic 
freedom" is endangered, the profes- 
sors in some twenty-four schools have 
formed an organization for the purpose 
of fighting the law. 



Undoubtedly, the intent of the law- 
was praiseworthy, but it is bound to 
prove of doubtful value for one verji 
obvious reason. Any professor domin- 
ated by the Communistic philosophj 
would swear the oath of allegiance with 
tongue in cheek, and then go on teach- 
ing whatever he pleased. According tc 
Communistic morality, the end justi- 
fies the means. The swearing of fals? 
oaths, for the sake of the Communistic 
faith, would be regarded as a virtue. 

The way to judge false teachers ii 
not by the oaths they swear, but bj 
what they speak and teach and write. 



TRUST 

By Edith Lillian Young 

"God builds the blind bird's nest," 

And in His tender care 
She rests and sings, content, carefree 

Though skies be dark or fair; 
She knows not how or where her nest 
To make — yet has the very best! 

I cannot see the way. 

But in my Father's Word 
He says that He will be my Guide, 

So, like the wee blind bird. 
Oh, may I ever trast, and rest, 
And know His will is just — His best! 
— S. S. Time 



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SUPPOSE. 

Let us suppose that one of God's great personal 
soul winners from New York or Chicago would pass 
through your town and actually win the toughest, 
ughest and most degraded sinner in the town to 
Christ. Then if this servant of the Lord would di- 
rect this new-born babe to your church, what would 
happen? Would your church be able to care for 
sucii a man if he would come ? Some preachers and 
churches would be as awkward in caring for a new 
convert like this as an old bachelor would be in car- 
ing for a new born baby. Imagine the bachelor ner- 
vously trying to find the cause of the baby's distress. 
Imagine him giving the baby all kinds of good ad- 
vice in language completely foreign to the new ar- 
rival. So some Christians crowd around a new con- 
vert and overwhelm him with good advice, warnings 
and stories about what they have done. New born 
babes whether at the first or the second birth need 
food. They cannot digest good advice. They cannot 
understand your language. Feed them the precious 
milk of the Word of God that they may grow there- 
by. Ten verses from God's Word properly chosen, 
properly prepared and properly given to the new 
convert will give to him the strength to start him on 
his Christian life. It is the food that counts. 

BIG OR LITTLE BABIES. 

The size does not mean anything. The age does 
not matter. The wisdom of this world does not 
change things. A man may measure six feet four 
with his shoes off and weigh 225, be in the prime of 
life and a graduate of a half-dozen universities in 
the United States and foreign countries. The fact 
remains that when he is born again by faith in the 
Lord Jesus Christ, he is only a babe in Christ. His 
superior wisdom and experience if rightly used will 
enable him to grow in grace much more rapidly than 
an ignorant man, but these things will not take the 
place of nor change the facts of the new birth. 

THE GREAT MEN. 

It was to Nicodemus that our Lord taught the uni- 
versal lesson of the new birth. Nicodemus was a man 
of great power and influence, a ruler among the 
Jews. No person without outstanding religious zeal 
could hold a position like that. He was also a master 
(teacher) in Israel. No ignoramus could hold that 
position either. Yet to Nicodemus our Lord said, "Ye 
must be born again." This gave Nicodemus an oppor- 
tunity to test his wisdom but he was forced to re- 
ply, "How can these things be?" The new birth is 
the work of God in the human life. That is why it 
cannot be comprehended by the wisest of men. It 
can be understood and believed like the laws of 



physics or mathematics, but it cannot be compre- 
hended. 

DON'T WORRY. 

Perhaps some honest sincere Christian may won- 
der if he has been bom again since this experience 
is so profound and so beyond our power of compre- 
hension. If so, it should be remembered that the 
new birth does not depend upon the will of the flesh 
but upon God Himself. It is his part of our salvation 
to produce the new birth. Our part is to trust Him 
in simple faith and obey as a child of God, and to 
live on the many exceeding great and precious prom- 
ises, for it is through these promises that we be- 
come partakers of the divine nature. 
CHURCH MEMBERS OR CHRISTIANS. 

Frequently, a person makes a statement some- 
thing like this, "I have been a church member for 
twenty years, but now I know what salvation is." A 
man like that will do five times as much work in a 
church as the man who is never certain about his 
relationship with God. As a suggestion to the 
preachers, let it be said that if you want people 
to work at the Christian life, it will do little good to 
preach works. Preach Christ and assurance and the 
people will work. This is not simply talk, for the 
Word reveals to us that "It is God that worketh in 
you both to will and to do His good pleasure." For 
people who live in uncertainty, questioning their re- 
lation to God through salvation one passage might 
be suggested in the Word to be read and re-read 
very carefully. It has brought many to the joy and 
peace of great assurance in the truth of salvation. 
The passage is I John 5:10-13. 



IN THIS NUMBER 

Signs of the Times 2 

Editorials 3-4 

Our Growing Home Missions — H. A. Hoyt 5 

Personal Messages from Cleveland 6 

After One Year in Cleveland 7 

Pensylvania State Conference Minutes 8 

Among Our New Churches 9 

Curent Tendencies Which Limit Faith and Life — 

A. J. McClain ^0 

Financial Report — Home Missions Board 11-12 

Demonism— J. P. Welliver 14 

National Sunday School < 16 

C. E. Column 1'^ 

News from the field 18 



The Brethren Evangelist 



CHRIST IN THE PULPIT 

A successful church must have Christ preached 
in the pulpit. Yet, Christ preached in the pulpit may 
not necessarily make the church successful. He 
must be preached in the pew. That is, He must be 
talked about, loved, obeyed by the laymen as well as 
the preacher. When the laymen of the church stand 
around and visit together about the traths of the 
Bible which concern Christ, the church will have 
power. Sinners will come to the Lord regularly. Souls 
will be instructed in the faith. Fellowship will be 
sweet. The attendance will increase ! If it is not now 
your habit, begin today to become familiar enough 
with Christ, the closest Friend of the Christian so 
that you may talk about Him, love Him, thank Him, 
praise Him, adore Him. When the Light shines, the 
darkness is immediately gone. 

DELIVERING THE GOODS. 

Many times, delivering the goods costs more than 
the goods itself. When spring comes we will see boys 
on the street corners with new base balls ready for 
the season. The balls do not cost so much but they 
pay some very fancy salaries to some of the big 
leaguers to deliver the ball across the plate. Like- 
wise, it costs money to deliver the Gospel. Bibles 
are cheap. Most of the sinners have them packed 
away somewhere in their trunks. Grandmotlier 
bought one for a Christmas present years ago. But 
Bibles in trunks will never bring souls to Christ. It 
remains for the church to pay the price of getting 
the Gospel out to men. This is the reason why we 
have a great Home Missions program in the Breth- 
ren Church. We must deliver the Gospel. 

THE PRICE. 

The cost of the Gospel to us is nothing. It is as 
free as the air that we breathe. But simply because 
it is free is no indication that it is cheap. The best 
things are always free. 

Think of a mother's love. It is always free. Think 
of friendships. They are always free — if they are 
worth anything. Then think of the grace of God. 
It is free also. But these things are not cheap. Es- 
pecially is it true that the Gospel of the grace of 
God is not cheap. It is the highest priced thing in 
this entire Universe. It cost the life of the Son of 
God Himself who left heaven to come to this earth. 
Yes, the Gospel is free, but it is not cheap ! 

OUR PART. 

A colored preacher was one time preaching on 
this very subject. He compared the Gospel which is 
free, to the water of life, a figure which is found in 
the Word of God. Throughout his sermon, he ex- 
plained and emphasized that the water of life is free. 
At the close of the sermon, the colored minister an- 
nounced that there would be a collection. This gave 
an unbeliever, who had sat in the back seat through 
the meeting, an opportunity to object. Arising to his 



feet, he said, "How's dis, yo'all say de watah ob life 
am free and now yo'all wants to take a culekshun?" 
This almost overwhelmed the minister. But he must 
reply and that immediately. Quickly he responded, 
"Yo'all see its dis way. De watah ob life am free 
alright, but yo'all hev to pay for de pipin'. " i 

It costs money to deliver the Gospel. Congrega-] 
tions must be established. New meeting places mustj 
be secured. The Home Missions program must be 
carried out. 



Editorial Notes and News 



WE LEARN that Brother Frank Gehman of the Ardmorej 
Indiana, church is running a series of expositions at the 
Sunday morning sei-vices on the book of Galatians. In thej 
evening he announces a series on the dispensations. This is! 
a splendid arrangement of subjects and might well be a] 
suggestion for other ministers. When things get a little dull| 
and it is hard to find something fresh to preach, it is alwaysi 
well to start to preach the Bible through. ; 



DR. CHAS. A BAME is scheduled to hold a Revival meet, 
ing at the church at Ardmore, Indiana, beginning March 15, 
It is not too early to remember these meetings in prayer. 



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AT WARSAW, Indiana, where Brother Lindower is pastor, 
a revival meeting is to be conducted under the leadership ofj 
Brother W. C. Benshoff, beginning February 25. Pray fori 
these meetings also. 

SOME TIME ago through this column of the magazine, 
pastors were asked to send in their church calendars reg- 
ularly. The response has been splendid. In fact, the editor 
has just about been snowed under. Therefore, let it be 
said to the pastors that special items which you do not want 
to escape the editor's eye should be definitely marked. Many 
important news items which ought to be shared with oui 
readers in general are apt to be overlooked unless this is 
done. Please remember this. In case that church calendars 
are not printed, a post card carrying a bit of news would 
be appreciated. Since none of these things can take the 
place of the regular news from the field, it is suggested that 
such news should come in regularly. Do not wait until there 
is a revival meeting or something special. Brief news letters 
coming often are always appreciated. 

THE EDITOR was pleased with a visit with most of the 
members of the Executive committee of the National Home 
Mission Board last week. They were: C. L. Anspach, Free- 
man Ankrum, C. C. Grisso, Ed Wolf and R. Paul Miller 
They gave the new editor the once (or twice) over. Thej 
are welcome to return. Likewise we would be happy to have 
any of our Brethren Evangelist readers stop in to visit 
the publishing plant. 

A REVIVAL is to be conducted by Brother R. Paul Miller 
at the church at Gratis, Ohio where Brother Ankrum is 
pastor, beginning March 10. Another item for prayer. 

AN APPEAL for prayer has just arrived in behalf oJ 
Brother W. S. Crick, pastor at Fremont, Ohio. Brother Cricli 
is being rushed to the hospital as a result of an attack oi 
pneumonia. Remember him in prayer. 



ebruary 22, 1936. 



Dur Growing Home Missions - 

A Challenge to Young Men 

to Enter the Ministry 

By Herman A. Hoyt* 

Within the last few years, one of the most out- 
anding movements in the Brethren church has 
len the tremendous impetus given to Home Mis- 
Dns. This has not been by mere accident. It has 
sen the result of an enlarged spiritual conception 
' the responsibility that has been committed to the 
rethren church in the homeland, and the apparent 
iril of the passing of the Brethren Church unless 
le discharges that responsibility. This deepening 
insciousness has been launched in the most exten- 
ve and the most intensive Home Mission project 
lat the church has engaged in since its origin. The 
st two years has witnessed the fruit of this vision 
id this vitality some thirty some sixty and some 
le hundred fold. It is this victorious march of the 
)n of God through the fields of the homeland that 
lunds the trumpet challenge to young men of the 
rethren church. 

1. Therefore our growing Home Missions becomps 
challenge for young men to enter the ministry be- 
luse it offers a great field of opportunity. It 
isn't been so many years ago that the deficiency in 
lis program offered a very discouraging outlook to 
3ung men who anticipated the ministry. The writ- 
• is a young man, and I can frankly say that one 
: the most alluring factors to me was the prospect 
: service. I would not want to prepare for service 
id then be rejected because the door of opportunity 
as closed. This will not happen in the Brethren 



A 

of Bibles 




Be ye not uneqtially yoked with unbeliev- 
ers; for what fellowship hath righteousness 
with unrighteousness, and what commun- 
ion hath light with darkness ?. . . . Wherefore 
come out from among them, and be ye separ- 
ate, saith the Lord, and touch not the un- 
clean thing; and I will receive you, and will 
be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my 
sons and daughters, saith the Lord Al- 
mighty. (11 Cor. 6:1U, 17, 18). 



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Church. Within the last five years the writer has 
seen each year an increasing- demand for young men 
because new Home Mission points are being opened 
more rapidly than young men are responding to the 
great call of God. Our growing Home Missions offers 
an opportunity for service. 

2. Furthermore, our growing Home Missions is a 
challenge for young men to enter the ministry be- 
cause it offers a unique opportunity. It is true that 
the mass of humanity is content to follow the 
crooked calf track and the well beaten trail. It is 
doubtless true that the majority of men entering 
the ministry would rather step into the estabhshed 
church. But our growing Home Missions offers a 
very unique opportunity with obvious advantages. 
This intensive program is holding forth the offer 
to young men to step into a place of service where no 
pastor has preceded him, where no teacher has 
builded any of the superstructure, where no false 
doctrine has steeped the hearts in ugly teaching, 
where no prejudice has turned the eyes from the 
face of our Lord. These are very obvious advant- 
ages of this opportunity. A young man thoroughly 
trained in the Word, and ambitious to build the body 
of Christ will not be faced with bad habits of giv- 
ing, but can teach good ones. He will not be forced 
to change men's ideas of Christianity but can pro- 
ceed with the genuine. He will not be forced to en- 
ergize his church with the desire to advance but can 
actually move forward. He will not be bound to 
turn men's eyes from this passing world to the puri- 
fying hope of our Lord's return, but can realize the 
power of this hope. He can start new, build firmly, 
teach truth, keep clean, and march foi-ward. There- 
fore, our growing Home Missions constitutes a real 
challenge for young men to enter the ministry be- 
cause it offers a unique opportunity. 

3. Moreover, in the third place, besides the oppor- 
tunity, besides the unique opportunity, our growmg 
Home Missions is offering an unlimited opportunity 



The Brethren Evangelu 



for souls. Within the last 50 years there 
has been a tremendous shift in popula- 
tion. Our agrarian population has be- 
come an urban population. In many dis- 
tricts this has slowly sapped the life 
and field of the rural churches. But the 
Home Mission program now in progress 
is fashioned after that of the greatest 
of all missionaries, the Apostle Paul. 
Paul always went to the large cities 
thus enabling him to meet the largest 
number of people with the least possi- 
ble effort. A mission established in this 
city then became a center out from 
which the newly converted people went 
to evangelize the surrounding regions. 
After Paul had evangelized the city, 
and started an infant church, he went 
on to the next large city, leaving this 
church in the charge of a pastor and 
. teacher. This pastor and teacher shep- 
herded his flock, and taught them in 
the word, and they in turn became the 
evangelists for their own region. Thus 
the body of Christ was built up. It is 
this Pauline program that has been 
adopted by our Brethren Home Mission 
secretary. A mission begun in a city 
offers an unlimited opportunity to a 
young man. He may be sure that he 
will never exhaust his field. There will 
always be people who have never heard 
the glorious message of God's grace. 
He may find it necessary to start oth- 
er points throughout the city or at 
nearby points. Thus, his own usefulness 
will grow. Such a vision of service is 
what Paul calls "buying up the oppor- 
tunity." Our growing Home Missions 
therefore offers a great challenge for 
young men to enter the ministry. 

Let us remember now this threefold 
challenge of our growing Home Mis- 
sion: the opportunity for service, the 
unique opportunity for success, the un- 
limited opportunity for souls. Not a 
word has been said about renumera- 
tion or consequences. After all these 
are not involved at this point, although 
they are impoi-tant. For the young man 
who has been genuinely saved, the 
three things that present a challenge 
to him are the opportunity for service, 
for successful service, for successful 
service for souls. How will you re- 
spond ? 



Personal Messages From Cleveland 



Read the following testimonies from 
grateful hearts and rejoice if you 
helped to make it all possible. 

This can be done in many other cit- 
ies in this nation. Will you help us 
through your prayers and gifts? The 
Home Mission Board is utterly depend- 
ent upon both if progress is realized. 

In answer to the personal question, 
"What does it mean to me to have a 
Brethren church in Cleveland?" we 
submit herewith a partial list of the 
statements. 

" it was here my two sons 

confessed Christ for the first time." — 
J. E. J. 

" it is a big happy family to 

me."— R. H. P. 

" in it I found the Lord as 

Saviour. It has meant more to me dur- 
ing the past year than ever before." — 
E. H. B. 

" it is one of greatest and 

most important factors in my life. It 
has taught me to do as the Lord com.- 
mands and to follow Him as He will 
lead me." — H. C. 

" given our family better liv- 
ing conditions and caused my son to 
dedicate his life- to the service of the 
Lord."— T. P. 

" means more to me than I 

can express. If I do not go to church 
on Sunday, the following week seems 
all wrong. When I am able to go, it 
brings peace to my soul and gives me 
strength to combat the evils of the 
day."— G. F. 

" has meant for me the re- 
dedication of my life to the Lord, with 
the promise, that, "Where He leads me 
I will follow." I am going to Ashland 
College, the Lord willing. I spent seven 
of the most perfect days of my life at 
"Camp Buckeye" last summer. I thank 
God for our church here in Cleveland." 
— R. P. Jr. 



Some people say, "I tvould like to give a tenth of my in- 
come to the Lord, but I really cannot afford it." Friend, 
stop and think tliat the Lord heard you say tluit! Remem- 
ber also that no possession ever comes to you except by his 
permissimi. Do not say that you cannot AFFORD to tithe, 
you cannot afford NOT to tithe. If the Lord does not get 
what is corning to Him, he can very easily see to it that it 
ivill do you no good. It is NEVER wise to be dishonest with 
Almighty God! 



"I thank our Heavenly Father fc 
the Cleveland Brethren Church, becau; 
it is here that I can. spend the few r( 
maining days of my lite fellowshippin 
with those of my faith. If it were onl 
for the gathering together of tl 
Brethren people in Cleveland, for tl: 
reconsecration on the part of those wli 
had lost interest in the Master's worl 
for the participation in the Foreign an 
Home Mission offerings; it would ha\ 
all been well worth while. But when \s 
consider the seventeen souls who ha\ 
accepted Christ and have been baptizei 
indeed we call it a blessed year." — Mr 
B. W. 

"I am glad for a Brethren churc 
home, not only for myself, but especia 
ly for my children."- — Mrs. L. M. 

" has meant for me, man 

spiritual blessings, particularly a cloi 
er fellowship with Christ. I feel, as 
church, we have been richly blessed. A 
we continue to trust in the Lord, w 
cannot fail." — Mrs. H. M. C. , 

" with Cleveland in the lo; 

moral condition in which we find it tc' 
day, a Whole Gospel Church (such £] 
ours), should be used much toward ttj 
saving of many souls. Judging from th 
progress and blessings of the past yea] 
we should with the aid of a churcj 
building, be able to anticipate greata 
victories for the Lord during this con 
ing year." — J. D. E. 

" means to myself and to ni 

family, a place in which to worshi 
God with Brethren people. It is alsoj 
place of fellowship with those of liH 
faith in which we can serve the Chur(| 
of Christ."— H. G. 

" it gave me an opportunil 

to reconsecrate my life. It has giva 
me a desire to take an active part | 
this work. It is an unusual privilege | 
have part in starting this church, whiffl 
has already proven a great blessing 1 
many families, which had no churJ 
home. I have found a true joy aij 
happiness in working for the Lord. H 
implicit faith and trust in Him, I bl 
lieve we shall be able to build a chuni 
and win many souls to Christ. — Mr, 
M. C. ! 

" coming from a Brethri' 

church in another city to Clevelaij 
where we were forced to attend anotj 
er church, you can be sure that I a 
predate the privilege of attending tli 
church which holds a bigger appeal 
me than any other. In fact I had lo 
the habit of church a